© Joanne Kitson

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Joanne Kitson is an artist specialising in equestrian art and animal portraiture. Joanne’s particular passion for equine subjects goes back to her childhood where she spent as much time as she could at her local stables, riding and tending to the ponies. This teamed with a keen interest in art from a young age meant that horses quickly became her main inspiration. After receiving her first commission at the age of fifteen Joanne progressed to build a large body of work and through word of mouth began to sell her work in local art exhibitions as well as receiving more commissions to paint animal portraits. In recent years Joanne has enjoyed widening her portfolio to include wildlife subjects.

Although no longer a horse owner, Joanne is a keen rider to this day and finds her regular and close contact with horses is essential to her art. Joanne now maintains a practice based on observations from life and her own photographic source material. By making sketches from life she has developed an uncanny ability to capture the individual personality and characteristics of her subjects. This ability has thrilled clients and collectors alike and her work now hangs in private collections in the UK, USA and Canada. Joanne enjoys an enviable international reputation in her field of animal portraiture.

Although being predominantly known for her watercolour work, in recent years Joanne has enjoyed developing her technique working with coloured pencils. She enjoys the scope this medium offers and the ability to capture fine details. As such coloured pencils have now become an integral part of her practice.

Joanne lives on the edge of the countryside in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. She lives with her husband Richard Kitson, a notable figurative artist and musician; and their rescued house rabbit Dolly.
Selected Past Exhibitions:

‘The Cooper Prize’ - Cooper Gallery, Barnsley. 2021

‘Present’ - West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield. 2019

Association of Animal Artists - Autumn Exhibition, The Station Gallery Richmond. 2017 to present

‘The Great Sheffield Art Show’ - Sheffield. 2016 onwards

‘The Summer Collection’ - Obsidian Art, Buckinghamshire. 2015

Association of Animal Artists - Annual exhibition, Castle Parks Arts Centre, Frodsham. 2014

‘The Art of Dogs’ - Cooper Gallery, Barnsley’ 2013

‘The Horse In Art’ - Obsidian Art, Buckinghamshire. 2013

‘The Horse’ - Solo exhibition at Doncaster Art Gallery. 2013

Holmfirth Artweek - one of the countries largest annual open exhibitions. 2012 to present

Penistone Agricultural Show - regular exhibitor since 2012