Since I was a young girl, my mom has mentioned "As soon as Monica could pick up a crayon, she has been drawing.” 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, acrylic and oil paints, clay, and hemp twine. Through my practices with each of these mediums, I have found my strengths and expertise in ink pen, acrylic paint, and papier-mâché mediums. With these materials, I have created a vast array of artworks such as paintings on canvas, murals, drawings, mixed media art, and papier-mâché or plaster masks.
I am currently a working artist, creating artwork full time while also managing chronic pain. My creativity helps me temporarily forget about the pain as well as providing me with an emotional outlet. I enjoy working with a variety of mediums, especially acrylic paintings, drawings, mixed media and plaster masks (decorative only). Ever since I was little, I have been creative in several art forms and I continue to explore different mediums. My main artistic works are acrylic paintings and drawings, but I continue to learn and branch out with my creative outlets. I tend to enjoy using bright and vibrant colors along with the use of pointillism. Pointillism is the art technique with the use of several colored dots situated close together to color or make an image. I enjoy the pointillism technique because I find it comforting and soothing and I am also influenced by post-impressionist artists.
My artwork is focused around sea animals, mythology and landscapes or anything which inspires me whether it is from everyday life experiences, adventures, dreams or my fleeting thoughts. Lately, I have been creating a lot of landscape, beachscape and oceanscape paintings with sunsets, based off of my walks around town or during adventures. I enjoy taking pictures when I am out for a walk, camping, at the beach or in the city and then I paint them on canvas later. Most landscape paintings include sunsets and clouds because I love the vibrant coloration in sunset skies. When I look at the clouds in the sky, I wonder to myself, "How can I paint that?"
Since April 2018, I have been having problems with my (dominant) right hand and I have been relying on the use of my left hand more often, including with painting and drawing. I hope to draw and paint equally well with my left as I have with my right. I also manage chronic back pain in my lower back and generally take it easy whenever I need to slow down and focus on self-care. I have learned to rest when I am tired and continue to create art 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, The Black HeARTs Market and Kolony. In addition, I have my Sea Animal on display at Still Smoking in downtown Modesto. Be sure to visit my event page to see which events I will be showing and selling artwork and art prints.
Monica Gunderson Fine ArtistModesto CA