We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Kelley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kim, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Fortunately I have other income and am able to keep going. I pay close attention to the expenses that I have for my art and always try to keep them at a minimum. I am able to recycle and reuse a lot of my art supplies and find it part of the challenge. Giving up is not an option. I must create my art.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My focus has become wildlife. It inspires joy in my art and I learn so much from nature and the animal kingdom. In drawing every single day for hours I have seen such improvement and continue to see it with each project. Learning more about social media and being my own best promoter also helps. My brand is fun and joy in art. A world that is strong, kind and gentle.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would go to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is truly a wonder.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO, Elaine Waterman, Executive Director Thornton Arts and Culture, Jesse Jimenez, Arts and Culture Coordinator

Website: YellekArt.com
Instagram: kimkelley30

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