Born in Fresno, California, Kristin Harvey was drawn to art as a young child. Drawing, painting and creating were her way of expressing her fantasies and dreams for the future. Moving to San Francisco after High School, she attended The Academy of Art University, earning a BFA in Illustration with appreciation in 1990.
Upon graduation, a submission of her artwork to a producer for a video game company began her digital art career. Working for companies such as Activision, Maxis and ultimately Sega of America, she designed backgrounds for video games on various platforms.
Towards the end of her video games career she was given the opportunity to design Sega of America’s first website. This opportunity lead to a career in website and graphic design. Her appreciation of design grew with her career opportunities while she continued her illustration work as a freelancer. During this time she also became involved in scenic design and painting and volunteered much of her time with the San Carlos Children’s Theatre.
After living in San Francisco and the Bay Area for 13 years, she yearned for a change of scenery and moved across the country to Rochester, NY and continued her career in website and graphic design and illustration. After meeting and marrying her husband Bill, she moved into a home that afforded her the studio space she had always dreamed of and began painting on large canvases.
In 2015, she and her husband moved southwest to Green Valley, Arizona in order to be closer to her family. As her images are inevitably inspired by the colors of the southwest, she looks forward to showing her work locally.
If you walk away from her images with a smile that wasn't there before, then she feels her work has served its purpose.