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. She 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 National Western Art Show in 2014; the poster artist for the Ellensburg National Rodeo in 2012 and 2004; and artist of the month at DueWest Gallery in Santa Fe in 2013. She was featured in the January 2015 issue of Cowboys and Indians Magazine and prevously has been the commissioned artist for Allied Arts on Vashon and a winner of the Puget Sound Energy Purchase Award.