My name is Michelle Gondor.
I create art to show what lies within. Emotions, thoughts, feelings, experience - we each live within our own reality at the same time as sharing a reality with one another. I create to get at the core of what it means to be alive.
With each piece, I am gaining the confidence to share what it as my core and to dig deeper into the core of existence.
I hope that through my art I can help lift others up and help them to know they are not alone. I see so much beauty in each and every one of you.
I believe in the good in things, and that things will work out for the best. I believe in being kind. I believe in responsibility. I love to learn, see things in a new light, and continuously grow.
I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I currently live in Roseville, California, just outside of Sacramento.
My parents moved to the United States from Romania in the 1980s, shortly before I was born. I am so thankful to have been given the opportunities set forth by the foundation of my parents.
I have the sort of ambition I have often heard attributed to those first-born in the U.S. in their families (like myself). I refuse to fail, andstrive to carry myself with as much grace and integrity as I can.
Above all things, I am a mother. I was given the most beautiful gift in this life by becoming Jackson's mother on September 11 of 2015. I always knew I wanted to be a mother (and secretly always wanted a boy). Both came true and to say that the fire of my heart grew is an understatement. I am beyond driven to achieve for my legacy.
I graduated from the California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy concentrated on Applied Ethics and Law. I also have a minor in Criminal Justice. I have since been working in analytical capacities to fulfill my role in society. The last several years have been within the healthcare space, learning all I can and streamlining as is possible to provide win/win situations as much as possible.
I am particularly passionate about volunteering and have served the community in a number of capacities, most notably as a member of JusticeCorps (a subset of AmeriCorps) providing legal assistance to those who couldn't afford private attorneys or needed help within the legal system. I also currently serve as a docent for the Saint John's Center for Real Change in Sacramento, California. I believe in taking action to lead to changes for humanity.
I have taken part in exhibitions in some local galleries, and have also donated paintings for charity auctions such as for Crime Stoppers and the Niello Ranch Run. All proceeds were donated.
As of 2020, there are no public collections containing my work. However, I have been selling pieces privately since 2003. Typically, my buyers purchase a piece because it resonates with them in some way or it is bought as a gift for a very close family member (often spouse or adult child).
I have also had paintings bought for people themselves, either because they evoked powerful emotion or portraits of loved ones which have passed. It is extremely humbling and warms my heart to know that the piece of my soul contained in each and every painting may resonate with someone so much that they welcome the piece into their home and within it see their own meaning.
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