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Joanne Kitson is a professional artist specialising in equestrian art and animal portraiture. Joanne’s 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 quickly began 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
Joanne is often credited for the amount of anatomical detail she manages to include in her work. This developed as a result of having access to her own horse from which she made various studies;
“I finally got my own horse at the age of 17, a rescue case named Shadow, a beautiful bay Anglo Arab gelding. Shadow became my companion and muse over the next couple of years, and it was also during this time that I started to take the study of anatomy seriously, and would often spend hours sitting in Shadow’s field observing and sketching him and his field mates from life, analysing equine conformation, colour and movement”.
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.