Thomas Jefferson Kitts

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Thomas Jefferson Kitts
Judge For: 8th Annual Competition Month #8 - November 2014

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Thomas 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.

Thomas 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.


Select Honors and Recognitions:


2014:                   Mathewson Foundation Award         16th Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational

                             Guest Lecturer                                    3rd Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo


2013:                     Artist Choice                                       15th Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational

                              Guest Lecturer                                    2rd Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo

                              Pioneer QuickDraw Award                Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational


2012:                       Artist in Residency                            Portland University Club (2012-13)

                                Guest Artist                                        1st Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo

                                National Exhibition                           13th American Society of Impressionists

                                Second Place                                      Los Gatos Plein Air

                                Raymar Art Competition                  Finalist | September

                                Honorable Mention                           19th Annual Carmel Art Festival

                                Raymar Art Competition                  Finalist | November

                                Raymar Art Competition                  Finalist | January

                                PleinAir Magazine                             Art Competition Finalist | July



2011:                       National Exhibition                           12th American Society of Impressionists

                                PleinAir Magazine Art Salon            Finalist

                                Best International Artist                   Plein Air Curacao

                                Best New Artist                                  Plein Air Easton

                                Raymar Art Competition                  Finalist | July


2010:                     Best of Show                                      16th Carmel Carmel Art Festival

                               Mayor’s Choice                                 16th Carmel Carmel Art Festival


Misc:                       Featured Artist to Watch                 The Informed Collector

                                Editorial: TJK Going Rogue            PleinAir Magazine Dec/Jan 2014

                                Editorial: Fast & Light                     PleinAir Magazine Feb/Mar 2013

                                Top 100 Artists                                 Arts for the Parks, National Parks Academy of the Arts

                                Gold Medal                                       Art Director’s Club, NY, NY

                                Silver Medal                                      Illustrator’s 28th Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, NY, NY

                                Award of Merit                                 Connecticut Art Director’s Club, CT


Gallery                   Brian Marki Fine Art                         Palm Springs

Affiliations:            Palms Gallery                                    Kauai, HI

                               The Village Gallery                            Maui, HI

                               David Grafton Gallery                      Easton, MD



Thomas is noted for his in-depth knowledge of art history, painting technique, and enthusiasm for teaching. Besides pursuing his own work, Thomas also offers art-related instruction via individual and group workshops in exciting destinations all over the world.



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