Hope is Always Rising in Kerry’s Corner

Healing Grace

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.

FIF: Earth boyDid you miss the Forgive it Forward video? Click here for the 3-minute video that started it all!

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23 thoughts on “Hope is Always Rising in Kerry’s Corner

  • June 23, 2010 at 8:39 am
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    I’m not only a friend of Kerry’s, I’m a fan. We connected initially through a shared cancer experience (different cancers but same experience) and have come to know one another over the past year. I embrace Kerry’s love of life, of creative expression and the ability to let go and let God. To respect ourselves and to learn forgiveness as something we work at, accept and are then able to pass on. Kerry’s art is another extension of her beautiful soul.

  • June 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm
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    I love Kerry and her work. Her moniker of Hopesrising is VERY fitting for her!! She’s as beautiful inside as she is outside!! Way to kick some cancer butt Kerry!!

  • June 25, 2010 at 10:05 am
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    Beautiful art from a beautiful soul!! I love your understanding of forgiveness… <3

  • June 25, 2010 at 10:46 am
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    There is no doubt to the healing power of art and creation. I have experienced it myself. Your art is magnificent, Kerry, as are the feelings and love behind it. Thanks so much for a chance to own such a beautiful piece.

  • June 25, 2010 at 5:05 pm
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    I have known Kerry since we were 5 years old but lost touch after high school. I am so blessed to have been reunited with her a year ago. Kerry is a very strong, kind, loving person and seeing her work brings a warm comforting feeling that words cannot explain. It would be an honor to own of piece of her work. Love you Kerry <3

  • June 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm
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    I have also known Kerry since we were 5 years old and also lost touch with her after high school (and Donna too) and us being reunited as been a true blessing to me. My new/old friends could not have come back into my life when I needed them more. We have formed a true “Sisterhood” and they are part of my family now and forever, God willing. I love Kerry’s artwork and I admire her for her strength, kindness…she’s truly an inspiration and a very cherished friend!

  • June 25, 2010 at 8:03 pm
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    Being a native of the Greater Detroit area myself, I may be somewhat partial! 🙂 But your artistry is superb and the Definition of Forgiveness so well put. Of course I would expect no less from a fellow Michigander! Motown is proud of your story and your art…we need both right now.

  • June 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm
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    I am a *new* friend of Kerry’s & I have to say……EVERY thing she writes makes me either smile or really think! 😀 I so love her outlook on life & strive to embrace it daily. 😀 And her Artwork! My Goodness……what more needs to be said? I look at her sunflowers & feel the wind softly blowing them & an appreciation of nature. I look at her ‘After the Storm’ painting & FEEL SUCH a boon of ENERGY! 😀 And then the blue & green trees at sunset…..makes me wish I were there! 😀 You are such an amazing artist & a dear friend Kerry that I am thoroughly loving getting to know more about! <3

  • June 26, 2010 at 2:43 am
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    Kerry, you have an amazing talent!! I love looking at your artwork, and you are so right about Art and Music being a lifeline for people. What a tragedy it would be to not be able to create artistically or enjoy art and music! I read awhile back that schools were trying to take music out of children’s curriculum. I hope they never do! I think it would be terrible for children not to be able to learn about music in schools. If children were never able to learn about music or art in school, they might never get a chance to experience that joy at all! Art and music are two of the most enjoyable things life has to offer!! 🙂

  • June 26, 2010 at 11:26 am
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    Kerry, I’ve been reading your blog and getting a lot out of your appreciation for life and living every day to the fullest. Your artwork is soooooo beautiful! The Healing Grace piece speaks to me on many levels, but especially because butterflies have been a “sign” to me since my father passed away 9 years ago. Thank you for sharing your art and your story with us.

  • June 26, 2010 at 11:36 am
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    So beautiful…butterflies…healing….and they are. Your story reminded me of a quote attributed to Maya Angelou – “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” I celebrate you and the changes you’ve gone through and I celebrate the art that brought you through those changes. Your art and your thoughts on art and on forgiveness are inspirational. Thank you.

  • June 27, 2010 at 9:05 am
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    Beautiful work. Your rendition of the sunflower is amazing. Thank you for your inspiration!

  • June 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm
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    Love the painting of the trees 🙂
    I would be ecstatic to be able to display it in my home 🙂

  • June 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm
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    Whaat a beautiful way to realize the enrgy of your soul. The paintings just vibrate with your love. Thanks for sharinf and glad this event has given me the opportunity to see so many wonderful peaces of work. <3

  • June 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm
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    Your work is lovely and very calming.

  • June 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm
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    Healing , Graceful….and Divine works of art…..touch the soul.
    Thanks for sharing Kerry .
    Lots of Love & Light….? ?

  • July 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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    Wow this is really amazing. Thanks for posting this Dear Sister of mine.
    I really appreciate you over the years and know that you have worked hard to do what you’ve done….beat cancer and take care of your family. A heart felt hugs and deep respect, your Lil Sis!

  • July 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm
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    Kerry i have always been one of your number one fans. All the way back to the Jesus picture,you have plugged along over the year and kicked the cancer thing your art has always inspired me and so many others. You have always touched so many hearts keep putting it out you have tons of fans.love you your baby sis

  • July 2, 2010 at 11:25 pm
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    I have long admired you, Kerry, and your work. You have persevered through trials that most of us could never imagine. I am proud of you and proud to call you Sister! I miss you.

  • July 16, 2010 at 8:53 am
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    I have never met Kerry in person but through a chat room for cancer survivors, cancer patients, families and caregivers. I knew she was a wonderful person just by the association there. Since I have been on FB, I have learned that Kerry is a very talented and gifted individual. Her paintings are gorgeous but more than that, this whole thing inspires me to try to live my life better and to not hold grudges of those who may have hurt me in the past. God Bless you Kerry and keep up the good work.

  • July 16, 2010 at 10:32 am
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    Very beautiful and inspirational. I am really drawn to after the storm. Thank you for sharing your artwork and your message!

  • July 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm
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    That is just so beautiful! I am so touched by your work. Lovely!

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