About Modern Tropical Studios

the brand

mt0avatar-pint2Modern Tropical is a creative brand specializing in illustrative art and surface design. It is inspired by all things tropical, coastal, and generally summer related. Botanics and landscapes are the most common motifs, created in a variety of mediums including watercolor, ink, and digital.

get in touch

The Modern Tropical art and design collection is sold through retail partners, both online and in-store. Interested in wholesale/trade? Get more info here.

Modern Tropical artwork

behind the scenes

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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 retired, moved to Hawaii and founded Modern Tropical. The following year she was named a winner of Pottery Barn’s Walls That Wow Competition for her work “The Happiest Flowers“. Her work “Let The Sunshine In” is included in Society6’s Bestsellers Collections for 2019, 2020, and 2021. Today her artwork can be found at retailers worldwide.

She currently works from South Florida and spends more time traveling than she does at home. As one might guess, she favors tropical locations.