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Artist Cassandra TondroAn early interest in art was fostered by my mother, who sculpted in wood and stone. We had original art in our home, and I gained an appreciation for art in school through studio and art history classes.

I didn't immediately pursue art as a career and instead went into computer programming, which was a growing field at the time.

While I was good at programming, I didn't enjoy the work and longed to have more time for my art. In 1993 I got my wish! The company I worked for moved out-of-state and laid off all of their local employees, including me.

I recognized the layoff as an opportunity to do something different, and I opened WildFiber, a fiber arts store offering fiber arts supplies and classes. After seven years I sold the store to pursue my own art, and since then I've been a full-time working artist.

My artwork encompasses painting, fiber art and collage. Because of concerns about the environment, I use natural and recycled materials for my work, including leftover house paint, discarded magazines, rust, contact leaf prints, and natural pigments and dyes.

I enjoy experimenting with materials and discovering what they can do when used in unusual ways. I work spontaeously and look for serendiptious effects.

My art has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, and placed in numerous public, corporate and private collections. In addition, my work was selected for the American Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon in conjunction with the Art in Embassies Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.