Kyle Highsmith was born in Greenville, NC, and received a B.S. degree from N.C. State University’s School of Design. He has been painting full time since the late 1980’s, with New Elements Gallery one of the first galleries he began working with after leaving his architectural practice. Kyle begins each piece on location and finishes it in his studio, traveling throughout Europe, the Caribbean islands and the United States. His vivid color palette and recognizable style result in bold energetic canvases that express a joie de vivre. His work is in the permanent collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Greenville Museum of Art galleries and is included in many corporate collections, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, GlaxoSmithKline, Duke Hospital, and Northwestern Mutual.