Kayla Rae-Rinne Lawlor has lived a life of an only child. At a young age, her parents divorced and moved to different states. While growing up, she was restricted from doing most things so she played in solitude. Lawlor now pulls from these memories for inspiration. She is also interested in objects of sentiment and mourning. Most recently she completed the CAD/CAM program at the prestigious Gemological Institute of America. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts with a Concentration in Metals with Honors from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Lawlor also has received her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities, with Honors, from Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Lawlor has exhibited in the group thesis show in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, NY specifically showing her own thesis Cardillac Syndrome, as well as the 2010 SNAG conference show eXtremities: Exploring the Margins of the Human Body in Houston, Texas. She also has shown work for the online exhibition on Crafthaus.ning.com Oddly Wearable. Lawlor has done an internship with The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as artist Jennifer Trask. She was the Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Metals, and Professor Jamie Bennett's teaching assistant in Enameling at SUNY New Paltz. She currently resides in the Hudson Valley, where she was born and raised.