LaDara is a published abstract artist focusing on Ceramics and Painting in Charlotte, NC. She grew up in Japan and Hawaii, where her love for art began. Her work consists of multiple layers, electric marks, and texture. The concept behind LaDara’s work is to alter the emotional stability and attention span of the viewer. LaDara strives to create timeless art.


LaDara’s work has been published in the Sanskrit Literary-Arts and QC Exclusive Magazine and invitationally exhibited at The Harvey B. Gantt in Charlotte, NC. Her work has been exhibited numerous times in juried and non juried shows,, and LaDara was recently 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.


The college experience & culture abroad has enriched her vessel surfaces, painting perspective, and aesthetics. LaDara is inspired by artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, and Joan Mitchell.

LaDara's CV

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 "It is not about the end result, it is about the process & how it makes you feel." - LaDara McKinnon

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