Artist Chris Cummings, who grew up in a small area bordering the Santa Cruz mountains in Northern California, has been surrounded by horses, wildlife and adventure for most of her life.
After attending the University of California as an art major, she transferred to the state University of California. Humboldt, where she received a degree in wildlife biology. She worked for a time as a wildlife biologist for the Bureau of land management.
Her work began appearing in horse magazines and greeting cards in the early 1980s, and she began working with Wild Wings, a publisher and licensing agent, in 1990.