I see my mentor about every two or so months. Often I bring in paintings that I am working on. Sometimes I just go to see and talk about what he is painting. I admire and sympathize with his work. His work often inspires me, but I wouldn't say it greatly influences me. This is because while we are coming from very similar interests and motivations, our work is quite different in its expression.
He is an excellent mentor. He doesn't try and influence me, but supports what I am trying to do.
Having a mentor is a real blessing. They don't even have to be in person. I have mentors and teachers who I listen to their podcasts or videos, or read their books. There are mentors and teachers all around us if we open our eyes.