Tina Kraft grew up in the midwest town of Brunswick Ohio. She equates her parent’s first date at the Cleveland Museum of Art as a defining moment, sealing her fate to becoming an artist. She began her college career as a mother of four young children and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Florida Atlantic University. She went on to study long-distance at the New York Studio School under the atelier of Graham Nickson. In 2010, she moved to New York City to attend the school full-time and earned her Master of Fine Art in 2012. Kraft lives with her husband in Hobe Sound Florida where she paints from direct observation the varied landscapes of the coastal southeast and works from the figure mainly drawing portraits. Kraft teaches at Lighthouse Art Center in Florida and Seattle Arts League in Washington State. Her work has been exhibited in various solo and group shows in New York, California, and Florida.