Kristin Eames was raised on both coasts, in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and educated in Boston at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, from which she graduated in 1985 with a BFA in sculpture. She was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshield’s Foundation Grant shortly afterward and used it to travel to Europe on a six month painting and museum tour. There, she fell in love with the Northern European paintings of the Renaissance. Gerard David, Hans Memling, and Jan Van Eyck all convinced her that painting was what she should focus on, as well as Piero della Francesca and Botticelli speaking from the south. When she returned, she embarked on a painting adventure heading west, and ended up settling in the mountains of Central Idaho. She has lived and painted there since 1987, using the techniques of those Masters to paint spectacular mountain scenes, some framed by figures in interiors. The influence of those Renaissance paintings is clearly seen as she works to create art with a strong sense of the universal.
Kristin lives with her husband and three children on Payette Lake, in McCall, Idaho.