About Modern Tropical Studios

the brand

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Modern Tropical is a creative brand specializing in illustrative landscapes, colorful botanicals, and surface design. It is inspired by all things tropical, coastal, and generally summer related.

The natural world and associated themes are the most common motifs, created in a variety of mediums including watercolor, ink, and digital.

Modern Tropical artwork

behind the scenes


Kristian Gallagher is the artist and founder behind creative brand Modern Tropical.

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Kristian worked in the tech industry for 25 years as an art director for Fortune 100 companies such as Apple and HP. In 2018 she moved to Hawaii and founded Modern Tropical. Her work “Let The Sunshine In” is included in Society6’s Bestsellers Collections for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 . Currently, she is a Featured Artist at Americanflat and Desenio. Learn more about Kristian and view her portfolio over here.