"I can't remember a time when I didn't paint in watercolor", says award winning artist Clytie Mead, who grew up in an artistic family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After receiving a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in Architectural History from Cornell, Clytie lived in Southern California until she moved to Hawaii Island in 1991. She now lives and works in the rural Community of Ahualoa with her husband Pete, four dogs, and too many cats. Her work has been exhibited in Hong Kong and Japan and is many private collections in Hawaii and around the United States.
Clytie Mead works in a number of media, including silk dyes and traditional watercolor, but watercolor on silk is her favorite. This Asian technique combines with a western artistic vocabulary to form the style she is best known for. Inspired by the abundant beauty of the tropical paradise she lives in, Clytie paints lush exotic flowers and indiginous plants. Some designs incorporate birds, butterflies, and even land snails. Her more recent work includes tapa design borders. In featuring less well-known native flowers, the artist's goal is to draw attention to rare and often endangered treasures of Hawaii.
Clytie's paintings can be seen at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanos National Park, Big Island Glass and Art Gallery in Honokaa, and by appointment at her studio in Ahualoa. Available work includes: