Ask Kelly Rae

Aug 20, 2012 | Entrepreneurship, Life in Progress


Ask Kelly Rae is your chance to prompt me with your thoughtful, soulful & beautifully complex questions about just about anything! Art, love, relationships, friendships, business, creativity, home decor, where I got my cowgirl boots — the doors are wiiiide open. 

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Q: I love your passion and the beauty you bring to the world! Thank you so
much! I was wondering where you find most of your quotes or how you come
up with your inspiring sayings that you include in your art? – Alesha

Somewhere in this blog space, around early 2006 I wrote a post about how coming up with phrases for my paintings was a slight obsession for me. I couldn’t find that old post, but the truth remains the same today. I am always thinking of words, or how to put words together into meaningful phrases. I think about them in the car, in the shower, while I fall asleep. Although I never use direct quotes from other people in my works, I’m certainly inspired by quotable people, things, music. I like to pay attention to the things that grab or tug onto my heart – usually a conversation with a friend, or a song lyric, or a dialogue on a TV show – anything that inspires and makes me take a closer look at my life. I also often (mostly) look to my own life, the themes that are coming up for me, and pull inspiration from my specific journey.

So yes, the phrases on my paintings come from a real place of loving words, and how they relate and inspire themes that are happening in my life at any given moment.

slow down   

Often they are words I’m telling myself in a moment of surrender.
dear world

Or they’re a love note that comes from a gratitude pocket in my heart.

be present


Or they’re reminders of what I’d like to remember in the everydays of my own life.

So yes, I’d say they come from conversations I’m having with myself, as well as being inspired by conversations I’m having with friends, by music lyrics, by books I’m reading, by people I’m inspired by and on and on. Inspiration is all around.

XO, Kelly Rae

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (6 comments)
  1. Linda Thomas

    I made a purchase 9/9/2016, was indicated I would be receiving via email a receipt which I never got. When I try to use my email address it says wrong email You have my credit card information I have no way to contact you other than snail mail for this order which is not a very friendly user site. I am very uncomfortable with this transaction, please either send me information on my receipt or cancel my order.

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Hi Linda, my community care manager Nichole is emailing you right now. You can reach her any time at

  2. Stacey

    I agree with the previous comments – you make the world a better place. The beauty in your art and words makes me stop and 'remember' the true importance of life. Kelly Rae work dons my walls at work and home, and now on my wrist (I bought a couple of those cuffs and love em')

    I always am happy to see the word Embrace in your work as that is the name I have chosen for my photography business. I wish I could have a photo session with you! If you're ever in the TO, Canada area – I'd love to offer you this as a gift.

  3. Anonymous

    yes, the world is a better place because of your work! And, Jude…because of your gratitude too!

  4. Jude

    I've loved everything about you and your work since I stumbled upon your blog in 2008. What you are doing matters, to me, to the world. Today I am trying to be brave in sadness, and it's not easy. I'm a very tenderhearted artist myself, a daughter, a sister, a mom, a wife, a friend, and I just want to say the world is a better place with souls like you in it. Loving you all the way from Alabama, God bless you & yours Kelly. I'd love to meet you one day! Love.

  5. Angela Meijer

    Beautiful. I'm thankful this morning that you share these wonderful conversations. Thank you.


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