Christa Smith is an artist who lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, 2 young boys and their dog. Growing up, she was very into art and was influenced and encouraged by her grandfather, an artist himself. She began focusing on drawing people around the age of 11 and picked up oil painting at 14. Christa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration From Northern Illinois University, and she continues to focus on figurative work at her home studio in Illinois.