Thank 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.