Artist Kara Lockmiller

Kara Lockmiller

I am a chromesthete which means I see a vast array of real colors in my mind when I listen to music. I like to think of it as my own personal light show. My goal for each portrait is to let you glimpse music and musicians the way I do. There is a kinship between color and music – both can say what words can not.

I paint in shadowed hues using the grisaille technique. After sketching out my musician in a grayscale underpainting, I add opaque and translucent acrylic colors according to what I see when I listen to their music. They come together like puzzle pieces on my canvas. I DO NOT use editing software or trace my portraits. They are hand drawn according to their highlights and shadows. 

I began painting for others in 2017 as an outlet to share all the mesmerizing colors I see. While I can remember the lyrics to almost any song I’ve ever heard, I am most fascinated by the people who pen them. 

My 10+ years as a journalist and graphic artist left me with a great understanding of design principles as they relate to color.

I think Wassily Kandinsky said it best: “Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting and … stop thinking. Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to walk about into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?”

Featured Work

The Madman by Kara Lockmiller

“The Madman” – Ozzy Osbourne

by Kara Lockmiller
acrylic
on canvas
36” x 36”

Jazz At Last by Kara Lockmiller

“Jazz, At Last” – Etta James

by Kara Lockmiller
acrylic
on canvas
24″ x 36″

Whitney Houston by Kara Lockmiller

“Old School” – Chuck Berry

by Kara Lockmiller
acrylic
on canvas panel
16” x 20”

The Making Of Marilyn Monroe by Kara Lockmiller

“Brilliance” – Cher

by Kara Lockmiller
acrylic
on canvas
16” x 20”