Born in Boston, Artin received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and an M.F.A. degree from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1990, with additional studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, from 1982 to 1985. Throughout the 1980s, she traveled and drew in museums throughout Europe and Central America. Since 1993, she has had one-person exhibitions in Paris, New York, Boston, Milan, and Rome. In 2011 she exhibited a tour de force series of drawings of the Elgin Marbles at Gurari Collections, Boston, which published a catalogue, The Parthenon Friezes. She is currently an Art Advisor at the American Academy in Rome and began the drawings for Stone From Delphi in her studio there. She lives in Rome with her Italian husband Bruno Boschin, a bookseller, and their two children.