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About Cassandra's Abstract Green Art
Cassandra Tondro is an artist who has found a unique use for leftover house paint -- she uses it for her colorful abstract paintings. Cassandra rescues the paint from recycling centers, and also combs the "mistint" shelves of home improvement stores. This is paint that would otherwise go to waste, and potentially end up in a landfill.
By visiting these outlets regularly, she has assembled a palette filled with unusual colors. She enjoys the challenge of working with the colors that she finds, rather than colors of her choice. Once a color is gone, it is unlikely that she will find the exact same color again. House paint comes in a variety of finishes, including flat, satin, semi-gloss and eggshell, that add depth and texture to the surface of her paintings.
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that between 35 and 103 million gallons of post-consumer architectural paint are disposed of in the United States each year. By repurposing discarded house paint for her artwork, Cassandra is helping to reduce this waste.
Cassandra has developed several methods of working with the paint, including pouring, pulling, pressing and dripping it onto canvas. While the paint is wet, she often uses tools, washes of water, or her fingers to create imagery. The paint dries slowly, and in the process of drying, serendipitous things sometimes occur, such as bubbles that pop to reveal another color below.
Cassandra's eco-friendly paintings create a unique focal point for contemporary interiors, and the green materials complement sustainable design. Collectors of Cassandra's work have said that her paintings evoke feelings of inspiration and joy, and are even more beautiful in person.