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Cassandra Tondro: Innovative Reuse Artist

Contributed by Cassandra Tondro. You can see more of Tondro’s green art on her website: www.tondro.com

Cassandra Tondro is an artist who has found an innovative use for leftover house paint ‐‐ she repurposes

it for her colorful abstract paintings. Tondro rescues paint from recycling centers that would otherwise

go to waste and be disposed of.  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


“Golden Summer,” 18 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Tondro explains that increasing concern about the environment motivated her to explore alternatives to

the acrylic paints she had been using for her art. “I discovered leftover house paint, which is available in

abundance, and would otherwise go to waste. The concept of using discarded materials intrigued me. I

had never worked with latex paint before, and I had to develop new techniques and styles, but now I

prefer it over the traditional paints used for fine art.”


“Vortex,” 30 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that between 35 and 103 million gallons of post consumer

architectural paint is disposed of in the United States each year. By repurposing discarded

house paint for her art, Tondro is helping to reduce this waste.

Tondro 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.

Tondro’s eco‐friendly paintings create a stunning focal point for contemporary interiors, and the green

materials complement sustainable design.

“Orchids 1,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

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