Many of Hita von Mende’s oil paintings are about the American West – the cowboys, the cowgirls, the ranchers, horses, cattle, coyotes, eagles, landscapes, wind farms and myths – the romance and drama of the West, a dynamic space where heroism is both epic and everyday. Another great source of inspiration is Puget Sound – ships, ports, and great industrial sites. von Mende works and lives on Vashon Island where she and her family are finding out how addictive raising foals can be. Her painting Downhill Racers was chosen to be in the tv series “Longmire”. She was the featured artist and poster artist for the 2014 National Western Art Show. In 2012 and in 2004 she was named the poster artist for the Ellensburg National Rodeo. In 2013 she was artist of the month at DueWest Gallery in Santa Fe, and previously was named the commissioned artist for Allied Arts on Vashon and winner of the Puget Sound Energy Purchase Award.
She was featured in the January 2015 issue of Cowboys and Indians Magazine. Her next shows will be at the WAA National Fine Art Show and Auction, May 20-22, 2016, in the Estes Park Western Heritage Foundation’s “Windows to the West” invitational art show, May 29-30, 2016, and the Western Masters Show’s “Heart of the West” art show in Coeur d’Alene in September. She is a member of Valise Gallery on Vashon Island and the Goodey Gallery and Western Art Association.