Khara paints landscpes, miniatures,
Murals & Fantastical Illustrations
As a child I colored on scraps of mat board in the back of the gallery where my mother worked as a framer. Art was always a loyal friend throughout my shy childhood.
A gradual, self-taught interest in murals saw me through a BFA at Cornish in Seattle, and on to NYC afterward. In New York I was blindsided by the talent of my co-creators at EverGreene Architectural Arts, the artists who truly taught me how to paint. Sign-painting, gilding, restoration, and miniatures all made it into the repertoire over the following 12 years. More nourishing than the fancy clients, I traded dinner for signage at tiny mom & pop restaurants all over the city.
Coming from a blue collar family, I was well-trained to create on demand. All of my work was for corporations or commissions. Since starting a family of my own five years ago, I've realized the fierce necessity to make art for the soul. Painting is a secret hideout for all the mischievous trolls and sprites that don't fit into a busy modern life. I paint mostly landscapes with a whimsical lens, sometimes with short stories for company. Nature is a language I yearn to speak, and painting is my way of listening. I am honored to be a part of a small, genuine community that shares their art within a seagull's swoop of the ocean.