Copy of About the Artist
I was born an artist and loved creating art as a child. But I got the societal message that you can't make a living as an artist, and took a lot of wrong turns.
College was a blur because I was lost and didn't know what I wanted to do other than art. My counselor suggested computer programming. It was a new field and they were hiring women, so I did that -- for eighteen years. But it wasn't it my calling and it didn't bring me joy.
My lucky break came when the company I worked for moved to another state, and I received a handsome severance package. I knew it was an opportunity to try something different.
I opened WildFiber, a fiber arts studio and store that sold fiber arts supplies and offered classes taught by local, national and internationally acclaimed fiber artists. It was my first step into the art world where I met many artists, and saw that some of them were, in fact, making a living through their art.
After seven years I sold the store and dove head first into my dream of being a full-time working artist. It's hard work, and yet there is nothing I would rather be doing. I love making art, thinking about making art, and writing about my art.
I continue to refine my art and my message, working every day to connect to a deeper understanding of myself, the world and my art.
My primary objective is to stay true to my vision and express my unique view of life through my art. As an artist, I feel that it's my job to inspire people and envision possibilities for a more beautiful world.
Cassandra Tondro’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Her work is in numerous public, corporate and private collections, and 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.
Tondro has sold hundreds of paintings to happy customers since becoming a full-time working artist in 2001.
Photo by J.F. Ramirez