Kyle Rafferty grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. While pursuing degrees in Studio Art and Art Education he had the opportunity to learn from a faculty of accomplished realist painters, and his interest grew into what would become a lifelong passion.  Upon graduation, Kyle began teaching high school art classes in New Hope, Pennsylvania - a town rich in the tradition of representational art. During evening open studio sessions he continued to draw and paint the figure from direct observation. An avid hiker and backpacker, Kyle felt the strong pull of the landscape and decided to head west for adventure and artistic discovery.

Settling in Phoenix, Kyle started a small decorative finishing and mural painting business called Artefino Surface Design. He would spend weekends hiking, biking and paddling through incredible regions of Arizona, California and southern Utah. Inspired by the landscape of the west, Kyle felt naturally drawn to plein air painting and was eager to get some gear and give it a try. That was 2011, and he’s been painting outside regularly ever since.

In 2012 Kyle discovered the Scottsdale Artist School and enrolled in what would be the first of many workshops and weekly classes with master artists. He began entering local plein air shows and competitions, regularly winning awards for his efforts. 

Kyle maintains a regular schedule of drawing and painting from direct observation.  He currently acts as Vice President of the Arizona Plein Air Painters Association, and enters painting events and gallery shows nationally.


Artists with whom Kyle has studied include:

Robert Lemler - 2017

Tim Horn - 2016

Huihan Liu - 2015

Matt Smith - 2014

Ray Roberts - 2014

Joseph Todoravich - 2013

Michelle Dunaway - 2012

James Coulter - 2012

Shows participated in and awards received:

2017 - Scottsdale Artists School Best and Brightest juried show - 2nd place award

2017 - Randy Higbee Gallery 6" Squared juried exhibition and sale

2016 - Santa Fe Plein Air Festival (Juried entry)

2016 - Arizona Plein Air Painters Annual Exhibition - President's choice award

2015 – Scottsdale Artist School Beaux Arts show and sale

2015 – Joshua Tree National Park Juried Exhibition

2015 - Arizona Plein Air Painters Annual Exhibition - 3rd place overall

2015 - Glendale Plein Air Painting Competition 2015 - 3rd place overall

2014 - Arizona Plein Air Painters Annual Exhibition

2014 - Randy Higbee Gallery 6" Squared juried exhibition and sale - Placed in top 3


Arizona Plein Air Painters - Vice President

American Impressionist Society - Associate member

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico