I live near North Robertson Blvd in Los Angeles and there is this incredibly painted building I pass by almost every day. After 4 years I finally looked up the name of the gallery online. I can’t believe it took me this long-  I mean look at this wall:

barbara mendes

So I checked out her site today and read this:

“My artwork has always sought to portray the infinitely complex yet somehow ordered contents of a human mind, along with the mysterious but strong emotional and spiritual forces that compel so much of human life.”

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“My art mimics the heirarchical order of mental imagery, instead of seeking to mimic the visual work of the eyes. Because I am also enamoured of how eyes see things, my hobby is photography, which does such a great job reproducing the world as eyes see it. My painting is about how it feels to be alive; this includes much information about how things look, but as part of  greater subjective reality. “

barbara mendes

“I try to symbolize emotional and spiritual forces by creating and arranging imagined figures and areas of raw intricate design interspersed with imagery from the visual world.”

barbara mendes

“I also have a point to make in my art. I believe art can and should influence the human condition in a positive way.”

barbara mendes

This woman is my new hero. Next up – actually stopping and checking out her gallery in person! I’ll report back. In the meantime, you can be a fan of Barbaras on Facebook , check her Youtube page and even send someone an e-card from her website!