" My paintings of animals, still life and figures come from my everyday experiences. Keenly aware of my surroundings inspiration abounds. My paintings tell a story, the viewer is able to interpret to their own.

Art Class was always my favorite. With encouragement from a high school teacher I pursued art study graduating with a B.A. in painting from St. Mary’s Dominican College. Not satisfied and recognizing I needed formal study I enrolled in Marc Chatov’s atelier, focusing on strong classical fundamentals and the discipline required to become a painter.

My belief is that a painter is always a student. Painting is a long never ending journey with insurmountable challenges and incredible rewards. To see beauty and interpret my view to share with my viewers is a great responsibility I hope to continue to uphold. "

Mendez graduated with a Fine Arts degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College. Living in Atlanta, Georgia she pursued studies with Russian master Marc Chatov. Marc has been a great influence in her development. Under his nurturing tutelage she developed a strong style that shows a feeling for color and bold brushwork. Always appreciating works by Sorolla and Sargent, she strives for continuous growth.

Painting with confidence, juicy brushstrokes, and strong composition, she hopes the viewer will be seduced.

Mainly a studio painter, Mendez is greatly influenced by the unique spirit of Santa Fe and it continues to influence her works, consisting mostly of animals, modern still life compositions, and figures.

Mendez has exhibited throughout the United States and is currently represented by: Gallery 1401 Chattanooga, Tennessee,  and Shain Gallery Charlotte, North Carolina. Bobby Beals and Co. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Born in Tampa, Florida, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.



Oil Painters of America

American Women Artists



Hunter Museum Chattanooga, Tennessee 2015

American Art Collector January 2011

Homes and Lifestyles 2011

American Art Collector February 2010

American Homes and Lifestyles 2009


Film Placement:

 “Scully” Television 2015

“Taken 3” 2015 20th Century Fox

“Life As WE Know It” 2010 Warner Brothers Studios


Corporate Collections:

Blackberry Farm- Walland, Tennessee

Bacchanalia- Atlanta, Georgia

Fairmont Hotel- Scottsdale, Arizona