Rina McCormick received an Associates of Arts degree, focusing on Commercial Art, from Longview Community College in Kansas City, Missouri in 1980. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Bethel University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2010. Rina was an experienced graphic artist and a commercial printing sales representative when she lost sight in her right eye as a result of a brain aneurysm in 1991. When she retired from commercial printing sales and moved to Florida she began taking painting classes at the Vero Beach Art Museum. That is where she gained confidence as a one-eyed artist.