About Modern Tropical Studios

the brand

mt0avatar-pint2Modern Tropical is a creative brand inspired by all things tropical, coastal, and generally summer related. Botanics and landscapes are the most common motifs. A variety of mediums are used including watercolor, ink, and digital. Approximately a dozen new works are released monthly.

Modern Tropical art and design is sold through licensed retail partners, both online and in-store. To become a partner, please contact me.

behind the scenes

kg-aug2019Artist and illustrator Kristian Gallagher is the founder of creative brand Modern Tropical. She started drawing plants and landscapes at her grandmother’s kitchen table as soon as she was old enough to hold a marker, and has been at it ever since.

She is a Silicon Valley native and former UX Designer / Art Director. Kristian has won numerous awards for her work, including an Addy. Most recently, she won the Key West Photography Festival, Nature and Landscape Category. Her work was also selected as a winner of the Pottery Barn x Minted Walls That Wow competition. Art.com and Society6 have featured her work on their respective homepages.

When not in her art studio, she indulges her two lifelong passions: photography and reading. She has a slow travel life philosophy, moving someplace new every few years to experience as much of the world as possible. Favorite places include the Dalmatian Coast and British Columbia.