Kittie Jones SWLA is a fine artist based in Edinburgh. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University in 2008; she currently works from her studio at Coburg House Art Studios in Leith and regularly exhibits around the UK. Kittie was elected as a professional member of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 2016 and has been a professional member of Visual Arts Scotland since 2013. Her monotype Feeding Curlew was awarded the RSPB Award at the Natural Eye exhibition 2018 and an early screen print ‘Night Herons’ was jointly awarded the Maude Gemmell Hutcheson Prize by the Royal Scottish Academy in 2011.
Kittie’s practice focusses on drawing and printmaking – she produces mixed media drawings on paper out in the landscape, unique multi-layered monotypes and small edition screen prints. Kittie is inspired by the full sensory experience of time spent outdoors, most often along the East coast of Scotland. Much of her work is completed outside and other sketches provide a starting point for prints and studio drawings.
‘My work is concerned with the experience of time spent looking and interpreting the natural world. I am drawn to places which have an abundance of nature – sea bird colonies, fertile coastlines and remote islands. On drawing trips I will settle in a promising spot and start to develop work from there. The energy in the work comes from the constantly changing elements of the natural world – birds moving in and out of vision and the shifting quality of weather and light. My attempts to capture the change are what interests me, as well as my enchantment with a world which, as a human, I will only ever occupy the edge of.’
Alongside her work as an artist, Kittie Jones teaches on the Portfolio Course at Bridge House Art in Ullapool over the winter and regularly delivers a variety of fine art workshops at Leith School of Art and for the National Galleries of Scotland.