We had the good fortune of connecting with Brooke Kelley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brooke, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
To be honest there wasn’t much thought process behind my business persay but more so my relationship with art. And if that were to go in the direction of a pay check, amazing! But I was always more focused on gaining a connection and understanding of what art and I looked like together. A solid foundational relationship. Over time and lots of frustrating lessons learned, it became easier and easier to trust myself and trust that what ever inspires me and leaves me feeling joy is the direction I want to go in. To me, this is much more satisfying than a paycheck. My business has been built one day at a time and by being willing and open to the surprises the future may hold.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey as an artist and a young woman has been far from easy haha but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It is all of the ups and downs that have made me into who I am today and I can finally say that I am pretty proud of that. I struggled with art for most of my career. It was a big monster to me that I didn’t know how to figure out. I knew I was gifted in art but I felt such a disconnect from it. I then found out that it was more so a disconnect within myself. I experienced a very traumatic childhood where I was stuck in survival mode. I shut off all dangerous emotions that made me feel out of control. These patterns can only serve you for so long before they start interrupting your quality of life. I started going to therapy and really dedicated myself to the inner healing work. All of a sudden a vail was lifted and I was able to see and feel art for what it truly is to me. I was able to emotionally connect with what I was making. I was able to feel again and be inspired by all the beauty in this world. Art became an escape from reality, it became my therapy, something that is always there for me to lean on. A lot of my art now is simply things, ideas or visions of what brings me joy. And I hope people receive the same kind of love that I do from it. In a world where there is so much going on and so much darkness, I believe that it’s, even more so now than ever, important to choose to see the little lights through out the day. Let yourself get lost in appreciation of the beauty of a perfect tiny flower or a good song. Slow down, do what you love to do and love others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Haha my best friend and I have things we will surly do every single day when we are together or apart. The location and order in which it happens may change but the activities and fun levels are always consistent. We are both the types of people where we must incorporate what we love to do into our daily lives. And what we love to do and eat thankfully is usually the exact same. Therefore, We are always shoo-in for a good fuckin time. If my best friend were to come to Maui it would start off with a six pack of Modelo’s upon arrival at the airport. We would probably take our time mobbing back from the airpot, stopping to surf, swim and explore. For sure would make a pit stop at our favorite health food store, The Farmers market, and load up on all their tasty vegan snacks and sauces. We would then go to the Bay to do some more surfing and exploring. Maybe whitle a spoon or do some drawing. We would need to fit some skating in as well, sponsored by white claw. We then would make our own home cooked meal that would consist of french fries and a really dank sauce, along with some sort of veggie bowl. Ending the night with a night time walk to the beach under the stars and then fall asleep to the The Sopranos. And do it all over again the next day.
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?
Oh man, there are way too many people to count. I am blown away at the amount of love and generosity that has been shown to me throughout my career. My mother definitely was a trail blazer. Taking creative business risks was normal in our family. She was always up to something creative and different. From a very young age my mom encouraged me to take risks and to believe in myself but also had the business brains to help execute. Her confidence in me has been a lot of the wind beneath my wings. That being said, there has been countless people that have come in and out of my life that have kept me going. It’s so important that we choose to love and be bold with our love. We never know who’s day or life it will make. Honestly, Some of the biggest moments of encouragement and love in my life are the random run in’s with complete strangers that choose to be bold and tell you that they love your art. Sometimes it’s as small as that, and you never know how badly that person needs to hear that at that exact moment. I so appreciate all the love and support, big acts and small.