When a Pencil Can Make Intricate Animal Murals

There was an elementary school art teacher Adonna Khare, who turned stay-at-home mom. She made a massive mural that grew bigger. The large triptych was shaped to involve viewers in its transformation. In fact, the drawing even spilled over onto the museum’s walls. In 2012, she won the ArtPrize, the world’s largest open art competition with a $200,000 prize.


Instead of being a teacher, she is now a full-time artist. Now she has developed her work but still uses the same materials, pencil on paper. Once she said, “I love working in pencil. The biggest challenge would probably be the endless amounts of them that are needed.”


Normally Adonna needs several months to a year to be able to finish large pieces. Her most recent piece is 15 feet by 6 feet consisting mainly zebras and tigers. Even though she already has ArtPrize piece which was highly personal for her, as she called it, a “kind of a biography of my life transplanted into animals,” this drawing is more about the world at large.


She continued saying that, “My drawing evolved from my thoughts on climate change. Bringing animals that wouldn’t ordinarily be together, forcing them to interact. It’s my way of conveying connection, complacency and loss through the connecting and reconnecting of the stripes.”