Mary Mendla

Artist Statement:

My paintings hint at scenes that are not quite tangible, drifting between the real and imagined. Images that slip away just as the mind begins to grasp hold of their meaning, like memories of a dream.

My experience of the mystery, power and beauty of the wild places that I have been immersed in throughout my life feeds my desire to create. I feel a deep soul connection to the lakes, rivers and woodlands of the Great Lakes Region.  Summers in the North Woods of Wisconsin, backpacking along the Lake Superior North Shore, and white water canoeing in the spring runoff of melting ice and snow on the Northern Michigan Peninsula have formed my sense of wonder at the beauty and power of nature.  Painting gives me a vehicle to share my experience of this landscape, and abstraction allows me to express the mystery inherent in these wild places. 

My paintings are developed intuitively through multiple layers with imagery that is revealed, then partially hidden, and finally transformed to imbue deeper meaning than representational depiction can express.  I work with oil paint and cold wax medium over underpaintings don

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Mary Mendla
East River 17 F by Mary Mendla
East River 17 F
10 x 10 in.
$185.00
Heron's Bend by Mary Mendla
Heron's Bend
36 x 36 in.
$2400.00
Into the Shallows, I by Mary Mendla
Into the Shallows, I
36 x 18 in.
$1200.00
Study in Red, II by Mary Mendla
Study in Red, II
10 x 8 in.
$185.00
Summer Shower by Mary Mendla
Summer Shower
10 x 10 in.
$185.00
Upper Falls, I by Mary Mendla
Upper Falls, I
10 x 8 in.
$185.00