Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, Kitty Harvill received her FA cum laude in painting from SMU, Dallas, Texas, including a semester of study in Paris. She recieved an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an AA in illustration from Ray College, Chicago. In 1990, she formed Harvill Ross Studios Ltd., a commercial art firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. She served as president until 2002 and worked in both design and illustration. She has illustrated several children’s books, numerous book covers and magazine articles, and painted portrait commissions and still lives.
Now with permanent residency n Brazil, Harvill has dedicated herself to nature and wildlife art since 2006. In 2009 she was invited to Signature membership in Artists for Conservation, and in 2010 had two artworks accepted for the AFC international exhibit “The Art of Conservation.” She is a member of APAP, Professional Association of Painters of Parana, in Curitiba, Brazil.
Harvill’s goal is to raise awareness through her artwork of beautiful and yet severly threatened areas of the planet such as the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.