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"I can't remember a time when I couldn't paint in watercolor," says award winning artist Clytie Mead, whose parents were architectural renderers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Clytie grew up. She recalls family evenings with the entire family gathered around the dining room table painting pictures.
After receiving her BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University and MA from Cornell University, Clytie lived in Southern California until she moved to the Big Island in 1991. She now lives and works in the rural community of Ahualoa with her husband Pete, four dogs, and too many cats.
Here in Hawaii, Clytie studied the Chinese art of watercolor on silk from well known local artist, Jane Chao. The blend of Asian technique and western artistic vocabulary create Clytie’s personal style. Inspired by the abundant floral beauty of this tropical island, she paints rare native flowers as well as lush exotics, sometimes adding birds, butterflies, or even land snails. Hawaiian quilt and tapa designs are also incorporated into her work. Recently she has been exploring other fabric art techniques, creating unique works of dyed, layered, stitched and beaded silk. She is also known for her hand painted silk scarves.
Clytie Mead's floral watercolors have been exhibited in Hong Kong and Japan as well as in private collections here in Hawaii and on the Mainland. Her work can be seen at Big Island Glass Gallery in Honokaa and the Art Center at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and online at www.hawaiiart.com. She is an active member of the Splendors of Oriental Painting Club, the Hamakua Artisans' Guild, and the Waimea Arts Council. Clytie can be reached through at her studio at: (808) 775-0400, or on the internet at: firstname.lastname@example.org.