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Cassandra Tondro, "Fight or Flight," abstract art

"Fight or Flight," original painting, 30" x 48"


This painting began with a dream where I'm in a boxing ring with a strange man. I don't want to fight, but I know I chose to be here. I don't know how to fight, and this man is showing me what to do and fitting me with gloves. I'm touched by his kindness, but I also don't trust him, because I know he could lash out at me at any time.

The first thing that came to me when I woke up from the dream was "fight or flight" -- that stressful state when we have to make a decision about whether to stay and fight or flee. So that's what I decided to paint.

The painting started off with a pale olive green and coral pour over scrunched up canvas, mainly to create texture. Then I layered in fight or flight imagery until it got so jumbled that it made me dizzy to look at it. Finally I came in with the robin's egg blue to obscure the busyness of the imagery and harmonize the piece.

My art is an expression of spontaneity and joy -- a reflection of my interest in nature and ecology -- drawing on patterns and motifs found in plants, flowers, water, sky, cells, rocks and gems.

Sustainability is an important part of my artistic practice, and each one-of-a-kind piece is created using repurposed leftover house paint that would otherwise go to waste.

These paintings are more magnificent when seen in person -- photographs don’t convey the texture and depth of the work. Those who experience my art can feel the love and joy that went into the making of it.

  • 30" x 48" original painting
  • repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
  • gallery wrap canvas, 1-1/2 inches deep with painted sides
  • signed by the artist on the back
  • wired and ready to hang
  • FedEx shipping within the US
  • contact me for an international shipping quote
  • artwork guarantee - if you don't love it, return it

What People Are Saying

"Your painting looks so stunning on my wall, I cannot believe it!!!" Ann Whitehead, Marysville, WA

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"I returned from vacation a few days ago and went to pick up the painting. I LOVE it! It's more beautiful in person than I even imagined." Oriana Fowler, Chicago, IL

"We received the painting and we absolutely love it. We hung it on the wall yesterday and it really 'makes' the room." Erica Hogan, Houston, TX

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