Monica Gunderson, Fine Artist, and Creative Thinker
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, venues, or sold throughout my artist profession which began during the year 1997.
I enjoy working with a variety of mediums, especially that of acrylic paints, ink pen drawings, pencil drawings, plaster masks (decorative only) and am beginning to dabble with mixed media arts as well. A lot of my artwork is focused around sea animals, animals, mythology and landscapes or anything that inspires me. However, lately I have been really enjoying painting sunsets and sky scenes, especially with clouds, but I also generally paint or draw whatever comes to mind.
Currently, I am a working artist; creating artwork full time when my body allows since I do manage chronic pain. I had decided about six years ago to quit my office job since it did not agree with my pain issues and started focusing on creating my own business where I create and sell my artwork while I manage my chronic pain. Creating artwork and following my passion uplifts me and also motivates me to continue to grow and learn despite my disability. In addition, since my chronic pain hinders me from working a "regular" job, it gives me a sense of pride and purpose along with the ability to help provide for my family and showing my son that you can take control of your life despite what life throws at you. Just keep moving forward, no matter how small or slow the steps. One thing for sure, I am not about to give up!
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 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 on my family and my health and also largely to do with my grandfather's passing so I could have time to properly mourn and grieve for my family's loss of a loved family member. 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