About the Art

I am deeply inspired by the desire for freedom and stories of triumph, which shines through in the spontaneity of my paintings and the playfulness of my mark-making.

My studio process of painting includes intuitive color mixing and expressive and boldness of my brushstrokes , which add multiple layers and texture to each piece.

Living abroad as a child exposed me to the many ways people use color differently, which has become an inspiration in my artwork.

I focus on experimentation and creative expression in my studio, allowing me to create works that evoke emotions and memories in the viewer.

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About the Artist

LaDara McKinnon is an abstract artist, educator, and curator based in Charlotte, NC, who was raised in Hawaii and Japan. Her love for art began in her years living abroad, and inspired her to pursue a career as an artist.


LaDara's abstract compositions contain rich color and electric brushstrokes that are heavily influenced by her desire for creative freedom and stories of triumph. The concept behind her work is to alter the emotional stability and attention span of the viewer to be exposed to freedom and allow the viewer to feel free.


LaDara’s artwork offers a timeless experience infused with vivid color and energizing forms.

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LaDara’s work has been published in the Uppercase Mag, QC Exclusive Magazine,,, and many more. Also, invitationally exhibited at The Harvey B. Gantt in Charlotte, NC. Her work has been exhibited numerous times in juried and non juried shows.

She was selected as one of 20 on the Rise’s Rising Stars by Rising Tide and Honeybook, based on empowerment, impact, purpose, and passion, in October of 2019.


She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts while minoring in Psychology and Women & Gender studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in the Fall of 2017.

As an undergraduate student at UNCC, LaDara had the opportunity to study abroad at Burren School of Art in Clare, Ireland.bove.

The college experience & culture abroad has enriched her painting perspective and aesthetics.