Kathye Mendes, and her husband Don, left their native state of California in 1974 for a three month vacation. They never returned to California. After spending 10 years traveling the states, they eventually settled in Southwest Virginia.
Kathye discovered her artistic talent in the mid 1980’s after taking a couple of art classes. “It opened up a whole new world to me. I lose the concept of time when I’m painting. Becoming an artist has made me view what I see so differently. Now colors, shadows, shapes and form jump out at me. The detail of life has become so alive. With each new painting, I learn something new.”
From 1990 to 2000 art festivals and exhibitions became a way of life. She now elects to spend more time in her studio painting commissions, portraits, and custom framing. Kathye paints in a variety of subject matter. Her medium of choice is oils, but she also paints in acrylics, pastels, watercolor and alchohol inks.