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About Jonathan

Landscapes enrich our lives, they are places of wonder and places to wander about in. I always find inspiration when painting in my favourite landscapes. I enjoy the changes in the light and the weather; the differing moods of the landscape. Studio based painting allows me to continue that exploration; to reflect and to respond to the intensity of plein air painting.

After a degree in Fine arts at Falmouth College I have exhibited widely in galleries and have been awarded the 2nd prize at the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.


Falmouth College of Arts, BA(Hons) Fine Art.

Worcester College of Technology, BTEC diploma in art and design.



2nd prize winner: Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, 2011.

Sail Loft Bursary, awarded by Falmouth College of Arts, 2004.


Selected Exhibitions

Late Summer and Autumn, The Art Agency, Esher, 2018.

Autumn Exhibition, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate, 2018.

The Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour. Solo showcase, regular exhibiting artist 2013-2018.
Midlands Open
, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington, 2017.
Singulart, online gallery, Regular exhibiting artist since 2017.
Lumi Arts, online gallery, Regular exhibiting artist since 2017.
Off the Wall gallery, Cardiff, Regular exhibiting artist since 2015.
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
, the Mall galleries, London in 2011 & 2014. 2nd prize winner in 2011.
Pure Art, Two Solo exhibitions and regular exhibiting artist 2011-2014.
National Open Art Exhibition, Broadway Arts Festival, Little Buckland Gallery, 2014.
Fountain Fine Art, Llandelio, Regular exhibiting artist since 2012.
RWS Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition, Bankside Gallery. Work selected and exhibited in 2012 & 2013.
158th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2010., online gallery, Regular exhibiting artist since 2009.

Beside the Avon, solo exhibition, Number 8 Gallery, Pershore, 2007.
In and Around the Town
, solo exhibition, Oxford University Press, 2007


Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016. Series 2, episode 4.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2015. Series 1, episode 3.


Commissioned Artwork

Painting for reception area, Cranford Opticians, London, 2015.


Press Articles

A Glimpse Inside Plein Air Landscape Artist Jonathan Pitts’ World, by Jessalynne Madden, 2017.

Artist in Focus: Jonathan Pitts, Lumi Arts, 2017.

Artist Interviews: ‘Painting Is My Way Of Making Sense Of The World’ Jackson's Art Supplies blog article by Lisa Takahashi, June 2016.

Watercolour today, Artists & Illustrators Magazine, feature article by Martha Alexander, July 2012.

An instinctive response, The Artist Magazine, a masterclass feature article by Oliver Lange, May 2012.

Private glimpse of watercolours, Surrey Advertiser, newspaper article, 2011.

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, exhibition catalogue, 2011.

Artist’s stroke of genius lands him silver prize, Staines News, 2nd page newspaper article, 2011.

Quality Assurances, The Sunday Times Culture Magazine, feature article by Frank Whitford, Times art critic, 2011.

Twilight artist is over the moon, Staines Informer, newspaper article, 2011