Last year Kittie Jones embarked on a holy trinity of Scottish island drawing trips, taking in the Isle of May, The Shiant Islands and Shetland. She makes her work on location in order to capture a sense of place that is both personal and expressive.
With a keen interest in the natural world and how creatures move through it, Jones is drawn to the contained aspect of island environments and what they can tell us about the wider world. As she notes on her website:
"Drawing trips offer an opportunity to work intensively with a new place, the challenge is to get under the skin of a place quickly in order to make work that offers a unique and personal response."
With wildlife being a major focus, there are some particular hurdles she has to overcome:
"It is often challenging and difficult to make drawings of birds, not least because if you get too close to them they fly away! I have learnt to settle a little distance from my subject matter and use my binoculars to look more closely at the bird. I then look at my paper and begin to lay down shapes that I can remember before looking through the binoculars again for the next bit of information."
Originally from Cumbria, Kittie Jones completed a degree in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University, graduating in 2008 and has been based in Edinburgh ever since. Her practice covers the disciplines of drawing, painting and printmaking. Kittie's work always begins out in the field, work made outdoors aims to capture the intensity of directly experiencing the natural world. She regularly exhibits work throughout the UK and is a professional member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and Visual Arts Scotland. Kittie has taught across the UK, she recently set up the Printmaking Course at Leith School of Art and currently teaches on the Portfolio Course at Bridge House Art in Ullapool and for the National Galleries of Scotland.