July 4 t-shirt artist is originally from China

Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta's Mei Drucker used non-traditional colors and images to create the winning 2013 July 4 t-shirt design, which she calls “The Heart of Mt. Shasta.”

Mount Shasta artist Mei Drucker will see her artwork on thousands of t-shirts this summer. Her colorful design incorporating Idaho Blue-eyed Grass, which she named "The Heart of Mt. Shasta" received the most votes and will serve as the logo for the 2013 Mountain Runners' July 4 Walk/Run.

The second place design, featuring Sierra Primrose, was created by Dunsmuir's Shery Larson, who won the contest in 2010.

SAC's assistant gallery manager Kim Harper thanked all the members of the public who showed up to vote. Almost 300 people visited the gallery and cast their vote for one of 15 designs which were displayed for about a month, she said.

Drucker, who grew up in the Sichaun Province in Southwest China, moved to Mount Shasta in July 2010. A well known artist in her homeland, her paintings often depict mix traditional eastern art with western images.

Vivid colors are a trademark of Drucker's work, and she finds inspiration everywhere, she said.

"I'm always thinking, always savoring," she said. "Mt. Shasta is very beautiful."

While creating her winning design, Drucker intentionally used non-traditional colors and images, said her husband, Stan. "We were talking about that last night. She looked at all the past designs and said they all look the same. She wanted to do something different."

Drucker has been painting since she was three years old, following in the footsteps of her parents and sister, who are all well-known Chinese artists.

Drucker herself graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Congquing Academy of Fine Art in 1988.

In China, Drucker is well known for her large murals, and has traveled widely to decorate restaurants, coffee and tea houses, business offices and people's homes.

Drucker was also the artist of the Best of Show in a 2008 Hong Kong exhibit for her Beijing 2008 Olympic painting.

For her t-shirt design, Drucker won $500. Larson will take home $250.