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I am a full time artist thanks to those who have supported my art and my general disregard for the need of financial and mental stability. My transition into creating could never have happened without the encouragment of the people around me and the desperate need for expression. All I want to do is create a visual escape from the overwhelming lifestyles we live. A visual comfort for the countless emotions we deal with. Venturing into custom portraits gave me the chance to show and share the spirit of each subject. As someone living in a constant state of sonder this has given me a chance to explore and express what I would have never experienced otherwise. Overflowing with empathy and appreciation for those trying to find happiness in our current existence makes this the most gratifying venture yet. I will continue to paint for myself and others no matter what may find itself in my way because this is my route to true purpose.

Kelly "Lipstickelly" McCabe

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life
as vivid and complex as your own—populated with
their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries
and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues
invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep
underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands
of other lives that you’ll never know existed,
in which you might appear only once, as an extra
sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of
traffic passing on the highway,
as a lighted window at dusk.