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FullSizeRender-13Thank you for visiting my site. My name is Jon Kittleson and I love creating works that connect with people and add color and joy to their lives.


I began my art studies in my hometown of Virginia Beach, VA after a wrestling accident in middle school left me partially paralyzed. I am grateful to have had outstanding art instructors in grade school, which inspired me to pursue and acquire my Associate’s degree in graphic arts from Tidewater Community College.


My professor, Rhonda Deussen, said this about my artwork after my first art show:

“Jon Kittleson’s style is reminiscent of Matisse and Chagall, his work is new and bold. I find his approach to his subjects to be at once original and fresh. Jon will continue to grow with a firm foundation in skill and technique. I am proud of his work.”


Since then I moved to the midwest to help my grandmother with the cattle farm my grandfather left behind.  I was diagnosed with Rapid Onset Dystonia Parkinsonism, which brought a huge challenge to my life and the purpose for which I moved out here. This has inspired a love of volunteering time at the Good Samaritan Society, to share my art with the residents, encourage them to keep creating beauty, and just get to know these wonderful people.


My story so far has brought a style inspired by the ocean that spills over to portray rural midwestern subjects and portraits with which my audience can relate. I believe that my art represents the power to overcome any challenge, mental or physical.


My recent focus is drawing dogs & cats portraits as well as people. If you would like custom work, click the Art just for YOU! link above to learn how.



Comments (10)

  1. Mindy

    A beautiful website Jon! You are a very eloquent writer as well . You should share your triumphs and trails via book as well. You inspire me.

    1. (Post author)

      Thank you Mindy

    2. Jenell

      Jon and Jenny This is great. Keep up the good work. Mema

  2. Linda Spyhalski

    Thank you so much for the wonderful work of my Grandkitty Polly! She was such a special cat to me and you caught her beautiful eyes and coloring! I know how much it means to Vickie and Paul! Love your work, you are truly blessed!

  3. Brenda Dohlman

    As Jon states in his “about” information, he has been a volunteer at the Good Samaritan in St Ansgar for many years. He has spent many hours with resident and has developed friendships over the years with the residents. He has been a bright spot in many of their lives. He is a has a friendly, caring spirit. We so enjoy watching him create his work! Thank you Jon!

  4. Pam Miller

    Hi Jon, I am just checking in with you to see if you received my email regarding the CeleBARK 2015 event in Rochester? I would absolutely LOVE to have you come and I really look forward to meeting you and your wife.

    Pam Miller
    BACB Unleashed

  5. Michele Aydelotte

    Thank you for the beautiful artwork. My husband will be so happy to receive this for his birthday. I have been wanting to have a portrait of Fynn done for a long time. You made it so easy to accomplish. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. I am already thinking about another gift…to myself.

  6. Kim Kirchner

    Hi Jon,

    I really enjoyed seeing your website and the other subjects that you have painted. Right now, my very favorite is the one of you and Jennifer, and I also like the portrait of the Buffalo because I like the West so much. I traveled to South Dakota and Colorado alot when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing your work with me & Dave.


    Despite multiple physical and health issues, Jon Kittleson continues to share his time, talent and treasures with everyone around him.

    1. (Post author)

      I do just try to share my time even with my (RDP) a neurological and muscular disorder. Some days are better than others but I thank The Lord for my art.


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