Kevin Witherite, a native of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, was born in July 1984. During his childhood, he was continuously surrounded by the arts. His grandmother, Jane Cross, a painter, wood burner and wood carver, introduced him to the arts at an early age. It was during a weekly visit that Kevin first became interested in the arts after watching, with a very distracting curiosity, his grandmother paint. This restlessness prompted his grandmother to give him a paintbrush, a small piece of roof slate, and a few colors to play around with. By the end of the evening, Kevin had finished his first piece of work, a painting of the Centre Hall Round Barn on slate; a piece that would lead to further creativity, and his current love for the arts. At the age of ten, he began tagging along with his grandmother to painting classes at the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts in Cooksburg, Pennsylvania. A couple years later, he studied wood carving and began self-experimenting with pen and ink drawing. As he developed his own techniques and skills, he began attending art and craft shows with his grandmother and her sister, Mary Myers of Beech Creek. By age thirteen, Kevin began studying other art media such as wood burning. He studied under the world-renowned wood burner artist, Cheryl Dow, in Cooksburg with his grandmother; grandfather, Bob Cross; and great-aunt, Linda Pelachik.
It was his grandmother and her sisters, Mary and Linda that influenced Kevin to continue with his artistic talents; selling original pen and ink drawings and prints at art and craft shows around the Centre Region, and exhibiting them in the Centre County Grange Fair.
It was Kevin’s fine art talents that led him to pursue two years of studies in architecture, while enrolled in high school. During his junior year, he began working a part-time job at AccuWeather as a newspaper graphics artist. In 2002, he graduated from State College Area High School in pursuit of a degree and career in architectural design. However, his career at AccuWeather led him in another direction: graphic design. He continued to work at AccuWeather while pursuing other artistic interests such as photography, graphic design, and web design. In 2003, he created a small-business designing logos, stationary, and web sites for a few local companies. In November 2006, he relocated to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he currently resides, in hopes to expand his business within a larger market area.
At age twenty-six, Kevin has nearly fifteen years of artistic talents and nine years of graphic design experience. He is currently enrolled at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, majoring in Advertising Design, with the goals of becoming an advertising executive. His artistic studies include: oil painting, wood carving, wood burning, pen and ink, pencil and charcoal drawing, photography, graphic and web design, and typography. He would like to eventually add to this list, water color and acrylic painting.