Title: Healing Grace
Artist: Kerry Allor
Gift Giveaway: A butterfly lifts off this matted print of mixed media artwork created by Kerry, a 13-year cancer survivor who knows a lot about healing grace. 8 x 10 image size.
Muse-Creations for Our Forgive it Forward Giveaway – Because forgiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand for us, Ray and I thought it would be fun to spice up our 35-day Forgive It Forward project launch with a focus on the arts. So, we sent a call out to the muses among us for a little assist and some inspiration.
Between June 14th and July 19th, we introduced artists, sculptors, potters, musicians – and more – who forgave it forward with us by donating a gift for a random drawing giveaway. Each muse answered two questions and shared a little bit about their creative process and passion. We hope they inspire you.
Kerry Allor: A Multi Media Artist
Kerry Allor is an artist, photographer and cancer survivor who produces her art under the name of Hopesrising Studio. She graduated from CCS (Center for Creative Studies) in Detroit majoring in Advertising Design. Her home studio is based in Roseville, Michigan where she resides with her husband and two sons.
So, tell us Kerry …
R&B: How do you feel art enriches your life and helps to heal our world?
KA: For many years, I enjoyed doing artwork as an artist. When I found myself battling cancer that is when art as therapy entered the ‘picture’ and my life was changed. I have experienced the healing power of others as well as deep friendships through sharing art’s process. In taking art classes with a group of cancer patients through Gilda’s Club in Metro Detroit, I became a published artist helping those with Lymphoma. I feel both art and music are a lifeline for many.
R&B: What does Forgive it Forward mean to you?
KA: Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself that can change your life. It’s not something you do for others. It’s complicated but yet so simple – if you can identify the situation to be forgiven. Ask yourself: “Am I willing to waste energy on this matter?” IF the answer is no, then all is forgiven.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean you erase the past or forget what happened. And it doesn’t guarantee the other person will ever change his behavior. You can’t control that. You are letting go of your anger and pain and moving forward to a better place, as well a allowing yourself and others to move on and be happy.
You can find out more about Kerry and her amazing journey through cancer, the work she does with others, and her passion for living life fully – and creatively – by visiting her blog at: If there’s one thing I know.
If you missed our previous Muse, Jacquelyn Allen: Click here to see her work.
Did you miss the Forgive it Forward video? Click here for the 3-minute video that started it all!Pin It