Kelly Grace was born in Toronto in the 70s and raised in the rural area of Stouffville, Ontario. Growing up, Grace was surrounded by creative influences; her paternal grandparents were traveling puppeteers in the local fair and carnival circuit in California in the 1950's, and her grandfather was also a clown and a painter. Both her parents had artistic and creative inclinations and encouraged her to pursue her arts education. Grace continued her arts training at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario where she studied Interpretive Illustration for 3 years. Although she never pursued an illustration career, it was at this school that she developed her style of painting with acrylics. In her final year at Sheridan College, a project focused on ‘phobias’ prompted her to examine the "fear of clowns". Despite the fact that she isn’t actually afraid of clowns, the project allowed her to develop her unique style.