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Hita von Mende paints images of the West in a contemporary style.  For the 2014 National Western Art Show in Ellensburg, WA, she has been chosen as the featured artist.  In 2012 and 2005, she won the Ellensburg National Rodeo Poster Award. 

She has designed sets for theater, opera and ballet.  Her paintings live in private collections, public corporations, and on the TV show “Longmire.” Her paintings are featured at the Due West Gallery in Santa Fe, voted Best New Western Art Gallery by True West Magazine.


Featured Poster Artist: National Western Art show, May 16-18, 2014

Featured Artist:  Due West Gallery, Santa Fe, June 2014

- 1st Place Puget Sound Energy Purchase Award 2006
Ellensburg National Rodeo Poster Award 2004
Commissioned Artist, Vashon Allied Arts, Vashon, WA 2006
Cover, Forum Poetry Magazine
Brochure cover, CLE International 10th Annual Art Law Conference
Perpetual Trophy, American Rottweiler Club


- Designed and painted sets for Oklahoma!, Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof,  and many others for Drama Dock in Vashon, WA
- Designed and painted sets for Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Swan Lake for Olympic Ballet, Edmonds, WA, currently working on a set for a new work by the Olympic Ballet

Commissions, collections:

- Renaissance Hotel, Seattle, WA
- Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
- City of Enumclaw
- Van Ness Feldman, Seattle, WA
- Denver Tech Center
- Café Berlin, Denver, CO
- Madrona Law Group, Seattle, WA

University of Minnesota, BA, Art,  2 years with artist John Podrebarac, workshops with David Leffel, Daniel Greene, Wm. F. Reese, and Ray Vinella