LaDara McKinnon

Fine Artist - LaDara Fine Art

I am a Fine Artist who creates original abstract paintings, clay objects, and custom artworks for my clients. Also, I teach and enjoy art through private lessons, events, and workshops.

What inspired you to start your business?

The inspiration to start my business came from a conversation I had with my niece. Shesaid she wants to be an artist like me when she grows up, so I started LaDara Fine Art as an example for her. I want my niece to know that it's possible to become a successful artist or to be anything she wants when she grows up.

What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?

I struggled with identifying art as my career. My experiences helped me realize that art is a mandatory part of my life. I learned to keep going even when it gets tough, stay focused on my creative process, and that what's meant for me is for me. So, if you are passionate about your work, I believe success is inevitable.

What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?

I support community-based organizations and I practice self-care activities like meditation and traveling. I also like to spend time with my partner and family.

Image Credit: Megan Easterday,, @easterdaycreative