LaDara McKinnon is a published abstract artist focusing in 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. She uses these methods as tools, with purpose and meaning, in her paintings and coil built clay forms. LaDara strives to create timeless art.


LaDara’s work has been published in the Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine, QC Exclusive Magazine and invitationally exhibited at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts Museum 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 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 vessels surfaces, painting perspective, and aesthetics. LaDara is inspired by artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, and Joan Mitchell. She is a Professional Artist, Lead Fine Art Instructor at Holt School of Fine Art and Community Impact Instructor at Clayworks.

If you would like to commission a painting, request a live painting, mural, workshop or event please email.

Currently, my work can be found at Summerbird in Charlotte, NC.

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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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