2011-2012 Artist In Residence
Thomas Jefferson Kitts | En Plein Air
Thomas Jefferson Kitts is a native Oregonian, who, after earning his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1984, returned home to paint en plein air in the Pacific Northwest. Thomas is both inspired and exhilarated by the way light plays across the landscape and he has devoted 27 years to capturing it in oil. Thomas prefers to work directly from life for its honesty and immediacy, using alla prima methods and techniques of traditional oil painters such as Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn. While Thomas lives in Portland, he is an active member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the California Art Club, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society. Thomas travels nationally and maintains an active and distinguished exhibition history – which notably includes the Laguna Art Museum, Oil Painters of America’s National & Regional Shows, and the New York Art Expo. His work has been purchased by such entities as the Mariott Corporation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the Kaiser-Permanente Collection and his paintings may be found in many private Portland collections. From 1990 to 2000, Thomas taught painting, drawing, and illustration at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He currently offers individual and group workshops for the beginner to master-class painter.
For more information about Mr. Kitts please visit his website.