The art above is from Cassandra Tondro’s “Peace Series.” ZO’s mission is to connect and stay connected to artists that are not only making art, but making a difference in our world. We will keep updated info for Cassandra at this feature page. Please return as we continue to follow her career and revisit her future work . . .
“Time” — Paul Cardall
It is my pleasure and joy to create art that supports your physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.
After three decades of studying healing and two decades creating art, I realized that the two were connected and merged them together to intentionally create healing art.
Research has shown that art in healthcare facilities can contribute to our health by reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure and reducing the need for pain medication. The healing effect of art extends to our home and workspace where art has been shown to increase productivity and feelings of well-being.
1...What was it that made you decide to pursue art as a career?
It has always been my dream to be a professional artist, but I didn’t start out there! As a young adult I didn’t have the confidence that I would be able to earn a living from sales of my art, so I went into computer programming instead. After 18 years of that I opened a retail fiber art supply store, which was one step closer to my dream. Then I sold the store and took the plunge into being a full-time artist.
2. How would you describe your style? How has your style evolved over time?
My style is called “process painting” — I respond to the materials in the moment. When I start a painting, I have a general idea of what I want to do, but my methods don’t allow me to have complete control over the outcome. I enjoy the spontaneity of seeing what happens, and working with the results. I have always preferred abstract painting, and have used different methods of applying the paint over the years, including pouring, dripping, splattering, pulling and pressing it onto canvas. I work with an unusual material — leftover house paint — that has some unique properties.
3. From where do you draw inspiration? Is there a place you go to feel inspired? Who are some other artists, past or present, that you admire?
I draw my inspiration from the materials that I use and from nature. Sometimes my materials are nature, such as my leaf prints. My color schemes come from things I see in the natural world, as do many of my designs. I’m inspired by the way that the paint flows to create gorgeous patterns and the way the colors blend and separate. Other artists I admire are Gerhard Richter, Stanley Casselman, Ed Moses, Lee Mullican, and Jackson Pollock.
4. What has been one of the most difficult aspects of working as an artist? What advice do you have for people experiencing similar difficulties?
The most difficult aspect of working as an artist has been learning how to sell art. Successful artists used to be represented by galleries that sold their work for them. With the advent of the Internet, many galleries have gone out of business, and people now buy art directly from artists. Fortunately there are good books and online programs available that teach artists how to market and sell their own work.
5. What is the greatest aspect of working as an artist?
Having the freedom to be wildly creative every day! Part of my job is being visionary and coming up with brilliant new ideas, then I get to try them out. How fun is that?
6. What are you trying to communicate through your art?
Fun, spontaneity, happiness, joy, love. My intent is to create work that is both visually intriguing and uplifting — art that resonates with the deeper aspects of our souls.
LIVING in the WOW!