Hello, I’m Wanda Mandelik.
I’m a self-taught artist living in Sydney, Australia. My artist journey began at 17, and has truly flourished in my mid-seventies - more on that story later. I enjoy painting landscapes and abstract artworks using fluid painting techniques - also known as flow painting or acrylic pouring.
For me, painting is a way to express myself and spread joy to the hearts of others. Most recently, when I had cancer, painting helped me cope and gave me something to focus on other than my illness. It truly saved my life. I believe that art can be healing and uplifting in many ways. And, it’s why I love to share my work.
Each day, I wake with a purpose to paint, which means I see the world differently. I step outside, ready to be inspired by whatever surrounds me. From colour to shapes to nature, I use the subtle beauty of the world as my muse.
My vision is purely to express my creativity, and if as a result my art brings happiness or joy to you - I feel like I’ve done something worthwhile.
Whether you’re here to appreciate my artworks, to purchase a piece or commission something for your space - you’re welcome here!
My artist journey
I started Art School in Poland when I was 17. Unfortunately, my parents couldn’t afford it for long, so I couldn’t finish. Despite this setback, I managed to learn a few things during my first year, which became my artistic foundation.
Seven years, later, my love of art pulled on my heartstrings again. I considered going back to Art School at 24 years old, but then my mum died suddenly and I had to take care of my 4 young siblings. So, again, my passion was put on the back burner.
In 1966, I had my daughter and landed an artist job working for a Polish company hand-crafting religious straw art. This was a great opportunity for me at the time, because it allowed me to express myself creatively through an interesting medium. I worked here for 10 years, and focused on this art form.
In 1980, my young daughter and I escaped then communist Poland, just in time, as my underground resistance activities were threatening my family's safety. I then migrated to Australia as a political refugee and that’s when I discovered my real passion for painting. At the time, I wasn't thinking about a career in art - I was just trying to make a new life in a foreign country while raising my daughter.
Painting for myself was a creative outlet of expression and it helped me with various life challenges at the time.
Some years later, after rebuilding a life in Australia and re-marrying, I put painting on the back burner. I built and sold several businesses with my husband, and it wasn’t until I turned 42 that I picked up painting again - it was like rediscovering an old friend!
Even though I didn't start painting to make money, I fell in love with the process. It's hard to describe the feeling I get when I paint - it is all-encompassing and relaxing at the same time. I lose myself in my art and can go for hours without eating or leaving my studio.
Now, at 77, I love painting more than ever! As I am retired, I have time to create pieces that bring me joy and also make others come alive.
Take a look around my website. If you see something you like, get in touch.
Let's share the joy of art together!