Fluharty was born in 1962 in Santa Ana, California.He studied art during 11th and 12th grade at the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School, in Englewood, Ohio. Then he earned an associate degree at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Then he moved to New York City where he trained for thirteen years with Ken Bald, who in the 1950s drew Dr. Kildare cartoons and other Marvel Comics. Fluharty learned acrylic paint at the School of Visual Arts and also attended classes at the National Academy of Fine Arts. For eight years from 2002 until about 2010, he sought classical training for his new work in oil paint.His artistic heroes are Rembrandt and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.
He married Kristi Fluharty. They have five daughters and a dog named Cash. The family lives in Prior Lake, Minnesota.