Rae came to Nantucket in the early 1920s as part of the growing artist colony. She studied on island with Frank Swift Chase and was an organizer/exhibitor at the Sidewalk Art Show in the 1930s.
She graduated from Boston University in 1916 and continued her study of art at the Sorbonne in Paris where she received a Diplôme Supérieur. In 1925 she graduated from Alliance Française in Paris and then received her master’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Her paintings were shown at the Easy Street Gallery, and later at the Kenneth Taylor Galleries and the Little Gallery, where her last solo exhibition was held in 1982.