Grace painting her flagship   Be the Light   design

Grace painting her flagship Be the Light design

Grace Key is the creator of Candidly Kind. She’s a 21 year old entrepreneur who has used writing, drawing and painting throughout her life to express herself.
Grace Key has been saying and writing inspirational things to her friends and family since she was a tiny girl. She literally came out talking and hasn't stopped in 21 years! As she grew, her inspirational phrases became letters, sayings and just about everything you can imagine. Ask any of her many friends or family and they will attest to receiving a special letter from Grace. Her inspirational sayings have come to be known as “Grace phrases”.

Grace is authentic to the core wearing every feeling on her sleeve while also possessing the amazing ability to forgive and love unconditionally. She began painting a few years ago and started pairing her “Grace phrases” with her original paintings and printing them on shirts. With that, “candidly kind” was formed.

Grace is the designer, painter, order entry tech, label maker, packer, wrapper, shipper and letter writer (she writes to every customer) She has the help of her family but she does a bit of everything and that’s how she likes it! “candidly kind” gives a percentage of every sale to charities who share our vision to spread light, love and acceptance. It is a huge part of Grace’s mission…giving back. (see footnote for a list of the charities candidly kind supports)

Grace was born with Down syndrome, but we prefer to call it Up syndrome. She aims to promote kindness and a belief in oneself no matter what the obstacles and hopes her artistic creations will remind you to live with authenticity, act with love, and treat everyone you meet with an open heart.

To get to know Grace even better check her Instagram. You’ll get a glimpse into her daily life which she frequently describes as “living the dream.”

**non-profits candidly kind has supported since being founded (March 21, 2018) Ruby’s Rainbow, Best Buddies International, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for Sibley Heart Center, Shoes that Fit, Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, National Down Syndrome Congress, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, National Down Syndrome Society, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Club, Marley’s Socks, Child Abuse Council of Gordon County, The Yellow Cut Campaign, Ucansurvice, West Texas Rehabilitation, Best Buddies (DC area), Gigi’s Playhouse Sacramento, Good Dog Autism, Veteran’s Fundraiser at American Legion, We Love Malibu (Woolsey Fire Victims) and more!!