artist painting en plein air
artist painting en plein air

How did you develop your unique style?
Kami Mendlik: I believe that our style is something we are born with and comes to the surface once we’ve done the hard work of learning how to use tools, (the fundamentals) inside and out until they become second nature. It is then, what some may call “style” can truly, authentically come through in our work as our deepest form of expression. I believe this is what sets ones work apart.

How do you find inspiration?
Kami Mendlik: I find my inspiration by showing up. I am not inspired to paint, painting inspires me! I begin most days with a long walk before going out to paint or heading up to the studio. Simply the act of moving is what does it for me. The second I start to study how one color relates to another, my juices are flowing. To me, that is inspiration!

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oil painting of sunset over marshlands
Kami Mendlik, “Into The Silver Lining Again,” oil on linen, 30 x 30 in., 2022. I love painting the quiet moments that flee all too quickly, and trying to capture those moments with paint is my deepest desire
oil painting of vibrant red leaves reflecting into a river going through the canvas
Kami Mendlik, “Take Me to the River,” oil on linen, 30 x 24 in., 2022.
This piece is the result of studying the milky light created from the wildfires out west


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