Since I was a young girl, my mom has quoted that "As soon as she could pick up a crayon, Monica has been able to draw.” My first creation, besides scribbles and rainbows, was drawing the likeness of animals, and favorite comic characters. As I matured, I dabbled with different mediums such as charcoal, graphite, paints, clay, and hemp twine. Through my practices with each of these mediums, I have found my strengths and expertise in graphite, ink pen, acrylic paint, and papier-mâché mediums. With these materials, I have created a vast array of art works such as paintings on canvas, murals, drawings, hand-painted event banners, and papier-mâché or plaster masks, all of which I have displayed in galleries, or sold throughout my freelance artist profession which began during the year 1997. My artworks are mainly creations of my imagination, but I am also able to replicate my surroundings which include landscape, seascape, and animals with a creative flare.
Currently, I am a working artist, creating artwork full time, or at least when I am able since I do manage chronic pain. I am also a lead artist for Kolony, and also participate in local Modesto California events and festivals. I enjoy working with a variety of mediums, especially that of acrylic paints, ink pen drawings, pencil drawings, and plaster masks (decorative only). A lot of my artwork is focused around sea animals, animals, mythology and landscapes or anything that inspires me. My current focus is painting sunsets or sky paintings, but I also generally paint or draw what comes to mind. I have also been dabbling with mixed media lately. Be sure to check out my online Art Gallery or purchase art online through my Art Shop.
During the summer of 2015, I had some health issues with my right hand and began practicing painting and drawing with my left hand. As of the end of July 2015, I began drawing with my right hand again, but I mainly use it for the steady lines and fine details and alternate stippling technique with my left and right hands. Eventually I would like to be able to draw and paint equally well with my left as I am able with my right. I also manage chronic back pain and generally take it easy during the wintertime. During this time I focus on caring for myself and drawing, painting, and creating when I am able. I know one thing for certain, I am not giving up! I keep moving forward one small step at a time.
You may see me around Modesto and neighboring cities at local events and/or with some groups in the community such as the Downtown Modesto Harvest Festival, Modesto Art Walk and Kolony. I also have artwork on display at Still Smoking and also at The Bird's Nest in downtown Modesto. Be sure to visit my event page to see which events that I will be at where I will be showing and selling artwork and art prints.
Modesto Artist Salon (A Modesto California Local Art Group)
Starting the year of 2016, I had assisted in creating a local Modesto California art group called the "Modesto Artist Salon" with Fine Artist Toby Fitzpatrick, and Photographer and Author Monica Barber. Modesto Artist Salon provided local artists with opportunities to show and sell their artwork and creative wares at local festivals such as Modesto's All American Fourth of July Festival and Downtown Modesto's Harvest Festival, including other events such as Modesto Art Walk, and other local events. In addition, we provided opportunities for artists to display their artwork at local venues such as Opportunity Stanislaus, and Still Smoking Modesto. We also had art group meetups providing a chance for local artists to network with others and getting to work together as an art community. By October 2017, I had to step down from my admin duties so that I could focus on my art business, creating more art, spending more time with my family and my health. Unfortunately, Modesto Artist Salon was closed down by January 2018 due to the admin not being able to put enough time and effort into the group. It was a great two years, and I know I had learned a lot during my experience through both successful events as well as through mistakes of my own and that of others as well as gained some new friends along the way. I am in hopes to one day start another local art group, but at this time, I need to focus on my health, my family, and art business.
To view Monica Gunderson's Art Resume, Click Here.
To view her Certificates and Diplomas, Click Here.
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Monica Gunderson Fine ArtistModesto CA