Mei Drucker’s full name is Tao Hong Mei Qi, which means Red Beautiful Mountain in Chinese. So perhaps it’s fitting that her design of our own beautiful mountain will be emblazoned on thousands of 2013 Mt. Shasta July 4th Run/Walk t-shirts.

Mei Drucker’s full name is Tao Hong Mei Qi, which means Red Beautiful Mountain in Chinese. So perhaps it’s fitting that her design of our own beautiful mountain will be emblazoned on thousands of 2013 Mt. Shasta July 4th Run/Walk t-shirts.

Her design features a circle of Idaho Blue-eyed Grass as the native wildflower, a rainbow and a pair of linked hearts nestled in Mt. Shasta.

“I wanted it to look different. Mt. Shasta is always different, always beautiful. All the (other paintings of Mt. Shasta) look the same,” said Mei, who speaks limited English but is learning more every day.

Mei (pronounced May) moved to Mount Shasta from China in 2010. She grew up in the Sichuan Province in Southwest China, where she was well-known for her paintings and murals, which are her specialty. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1988.

Mei began painting when she was just three years old and was influenced by her father, who is also a well known artist in her homeland.

She paints with bright colors and often mixes traditional Chinese symbols with depictions of Mt. Shasta. Looking at her work, you may not notice the mountain at first; then you’ll see it tucked away inside a lotus flower or far in the background of a painting of Chinese cranes.

“This is my dream, mountain and China together,” Mei said.

Her husband, Stan, a local Marriage and Family Therapist, said many of Mei’s paintings come from her dreams. She takes hundreds of photos of the mountain from different angles, and they inspire her paintings.

Mei’s 2013 July 4 design, which she named “Hearts of Mt. Shasta” was selected for this year’s t-shirt by members of the public who cast their votes at the Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery in Mount Shasta. The second place winner was Dunsmuir artist Shery Larson, whose design incorporated the Sierra Primrose wildflower.

Mei won $500 for her design; Larson took home $250.

The money’s nice, but Mei said she is most excited to see her design worn by hundreds on America’s birthday. She’ll be sure to bring a pen capable of writing on fabric and is willing to sign t-shirts on the big day.

To see more of Mei’s art go to: www.meidruckerart.com