Kelly Grace uses painting as a vehicle in which to travel back in time through imagination. Her film narrative works strive to depict only a piece of a larger story, one that the viewer can write for themselves. Kelly fell in love with visual storytelling during her studies for Interpretive Illustration at art college. Her work is the end result of a culmination of efforts to bring her childhood nostalgia to life. She revisits memories of her past and explores different ways to recreate them in her paintings. Kelly tries to express her love of retro inspired themes and subject matter in a modern voice.
Kelly was born in Toronto in the 70’s and raised in the rural area of Stouffville, Ontario. Her paternal grandparents were travelling puppeteers in the local fair and carnival circuit in California in the 1950’s. This grandfather was also a clown and a painter. She hopes to channel this familial creative influence in her work. Kelly lives and works out of Toronto, Canada where she shares a studio with her husband and two other artists.