Cassandria Blackmore was born in California and spent part of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area with her English father and her American mother. She grew up on a self sustaining farm in Oregon and learned at a very early age that everything had a process. Creativity was integral to existing.
Blackmore is acclaimed for her unconventional approach to reverse painting. She is widely recognized as a pioneering artist whose work goes beyond the traditional boundaries of glass and into the contemporary realm. She studied at Lewis & Clark College, completed independent studies in Yorkshire, England, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art where her thesis was on exploring Eastern and Western perspectives on art. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hauberg Fellowship for painting on glass. In 2006, she was honored as the Renwick Smithsonian artist of the month. Her work is collected internationally and exhibited in galleries and museums across the country.
Blackmore is widely-recognized as a pioneering artist whose work goes beyond the traditional boundaries of glass. Her defining moment came more than sixteen years ago; painting a self-portrait on scrap glass, shattering it and putting it back together. What was an allegory for her life at the time, begat her unique approach to glass. As she recalls, "It was the perfect marriage of painting, image-making, tactile qualities, reflection and resurrection." In 2010 she completed a large scale permanent installation for the Waldorf Astoria and was commissioned by Washington State for a 32 foot wide piece for the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse at the University of Washington. She was a Hauberg Fellow at Pilchuck in 2002. Cassandria Blackmore currently splits her time between Seattle and San Francisco.