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About the Art

About the Paintings

Cassandra Tondro abstract painting

In my search for more eco-friendly materials, I found an innovative use for leftover house paint -- I repurpose it for my colorful abstract paintings. I rescue paint that would otherwise go to waste and be disposed of from recycling centers.

By visiting these outlets regularly, I have assembled a palette filled with unusual colors. I enjoy the challenge of working with colors that I find, rather than colors of my choice, and it pushes me to try color combinations I wouldn't use otherwise. House paint comes in a variety of finishes that add depth and texture to the surface of my work.

I have developed several methods of working with the paint, including pouring, pulling, pressing and dripping it onto canvas. While the paint is wet, I use tools, washes of water, or my fingers to create designs. The paint dries slowly, and in the process of drying, serendipitous things sometimes occur, such as bubbles that pop to reveal other colors below.

About the Leaf Prints

Cassandra Tondro Leaf Print

Using fallen leaves collected on neighborhood walks, I create one-of-a-kind leaf prints made by steaming leaves against paper and fabric. No inks, dyes or paints are used -- just the colors from the plants themselves.

On the way to the trash, the plant material takes a detour through my studio to leave its imprint as art before being tossed onto the compost heap.

The leaf prints have an ethereal feel. They beckon us to slow down, quiet our minds, take a closer look, and appreciate the spirit of the trees. The colors of the prints are a whisper of reality, their patterns a pale and delicate gift at the end of the leaves' brief lives.