Thomas Kitts is both inspired and exhilarated by the way light plays across the landscape and he has devoted most of his life to capturing it in oil. He prefers to work directly from nature for its honesty and immediacy, incorporating many alla prima painting techniques developed by master artists such as Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn.
He is noted for his in-depth knowledge of art history, painting technique, and enthusiasm for teaching. Besides pursuing his own work, Kitts also offers art-related instruction via individual and group workshops in exciting destinations all over the world.
Kitts is a signature member of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association, an associate member of the California Art Club, a member the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society.
He travels extensively and maintains a distinguished exhibition history which has included the Portland Art Museum, the Laguna Art Museum, the Maritime Museum of Curacao, the Academy Museum of Art in Easton, Maryland, the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America’s National & Regional Exhibitions, Arts for the Parks Top 100, and three New York Art Expos, as well as numerous prestigious private galleries. Thomas’ work is widely collected throughout North America.
Kitts is the recipient of Mathewson Foundation Award 16th Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational; Artist Choice 15th Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational; Pioneer QuickDraw Award Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational; Artist in Residency Portland University Club; Guest Artist 1st Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo; National Exhibition 13th American Society of Impressionists; Raymar Art Competition Finalist; National Exhibition 12th American Society of Impressionists; Best New Artist Plein Air Easton;| Best of Show 16th Carmel Carmel Art Festival; Mayor’s Choice 16th Carmel Carmel Art Festival; Featured Artist to Watch The Informed Collector; Gold Medal Art Director’s Club, NY, NY; Silver Medal Illustrator’s 28th Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, NY, NY; and the Award of Merit Connecticut Art Director’s Club, CT.
His art work is in many private residences throughout the US and is in several public collections including the Brian Marki Fine Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA; Palms Gallery Kauai, HI; The Village Gallery Maui, HI; and the David Grafton Gallery, Easton, MD.
*** Thomas Kitts can be found at both Palm Springs and Portland Galleries **