Khara Ledonne began her art career as a muralist in New York City, but after painting a mural at the Empire State Building, she hit a different sort of wall and decided to stop working on such a massive scale. The project propelled her to explore the opposite extreme: painting in miniature.
Unconventionally, Ledonne paints on the interiors of lockets. In Think Small, she described these surfaces as a pleasing escape from murals in that they are “personal, private, and don’t require scaffolding.” She’s also attracted to the challenge of painting on a very small scale. Most of her ideas are inspired by personal dares, like “Can I paint a brontosaurus in a locket? How about the entire solar system?” Indeed, many of her diminutive paintings depict vast, dramatic vistas, from star-studded night skies to wild seas.