Craig McPherson was born in Wichita, Kansas. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Kansas in 1970. He moved to New York in 1975 to develop his career as an artist. McPherson had his first one- man show in 1983 at the A.M. Sachs Gallery.
He began devoting his energies to printmaking, specifically producing mezzotints of New York City at night. McPherson’s fine mezzotints led to a corporate art commissions for the American Express Company: a 90- foot mural cycle for the auditorium of their corporate headquarters at the World Financial Center and another 315 foot mural cycle for their main lobby. This work was referenced in David Masello’s book “Art in Public Places: New York’s 50 Best”.
McPherson had his first museum retrospective in 1998 at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge University in England, traveling to Glasgow, Scotland.