"My paintings are created with "Oops" house paints. I take the mistakes and the blunders, and through creativity, transform them into art."
Painter Cassandra Tondro is fascinated with the "Oops!"! house paints at Home Depot -- paints that were mixed incorrectly, rejected by the customer, or simply left behind. Everyday the Oops! shelves are full-- a whole new palette of colors and finishes to choose from. Sometimes the selection is insipid, and other times it is wildly extravagant with colors like hot pink, black, and chartreuse. She embraces the challenge of working with colors that have not met with approval, and paints that would otherwise go to waste.
Cassandra prepares the canvas with layers of texture before applying the paint. Acrylic latex paint flows like thick rivers of molten color and forms intriguing designs as she manipulates it on canvas. While the paint is wet, she uses tools, washes of water, or her fingers to create patterns. The paint takes a week or more to dry, and the pattern sometimes shifts and settles during this time, forming serendipitous designs.
Cassandra is a second generation artist. Her mother is a painter and a sculptor, and she grew up in a creative home. She began her artistic exploration in the fiber arts, studying with Esther Parkhurst, Mary Ellen Hopkins and Bee Colman. From there she moved to painting, studying at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
In the Abstract, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles International Airport, 2008
The Dot, Chicago, IL, The Illinois Institute of Art, 2006
Art in Embassies Program, Yaounde, Cameroon, United States Embassy , 2005
Malibu Art Association Exhibition, Malibu, CA, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, 2003
International Society of Experimental Artists Exhibition, Traverse City, MI, Dennos Museum, 2001