Thank you for visiting. I wish we could sit down over tea and toast slathered in butter, and see each other’s faces.
But alas. You are here, and I am somewhere else, so here is my story:
A few and a half decades ago I was born to a fiercely independent mother in a small town of Washington state, famous for its tulips.
I grew up doodling, and began painting in my late teens. My first mural, of an Italian landscape in my own bedroom, was published in Seventeen magazine, and spurred enough momentum to encourage further mural work. This learning curve carried me from my hometown and through college at Cornish in Seattle, WA.
After graduating with a BFA, I moved to New York City and spent the next 11 years working at a wine bar, a middle school, a pizzeria, a restoration studio, and independently as an artist. What I didn’t learn in school I learned at Evergreene Architectural Arts, working alongside brilliant muralists from all over the world. Much of my income as a painter those years came from building and painting signs for restaurants and museums.
Along the way I muddled around with painting miniatures inside of jewelry, which slowly grew over 8 years and has now become a huge part of my work. All of my miniatures are available on Etsy.
After tiring of the city, I moved to upstate NY, just in time to meet my partner who whisked me away on a crackpot dream to live on a sailboat. We scraped up the money to buy a 29’ Columbia from the seventies, and took her, breaking down all the nautical way, from Connecticut to Florida over the course of a year, which is recorded in the Sea Log Adventure.
Along the way, we lovingly and accidentally conceived our son, and scooted across the country to my hometown just in time to give birth.
I currently live and work in Bellingham, WA. Continuing to paint as a mother has been an enormous challenge, which I pursue tenaciously, in everything from miniatures to murals. I do travel selectively for work. I do volunteer selectively for loving causes. Essentially I care about painting. I care about working for kind people. I care that what I paint brings others imagination and delight. I care that my interactions are considerate, generous, and open-hearted.
If you would like to contact me, please do so at: khara.ledonne [at] gmail.com
Thank you for your time and eyes.