John Kitses is a watercolor painter and printmaker. He graduated from Rice University in Houston, TX. with a BA in studio art and art history, studying painting with Bas Poulos, printmaking with Karen Broker, and 16mm animation with Brian Huberman. He then moved to New York City and worked as a fine art screen printer in Tribeca for Rupert Jason Smith, Andy Warhol’s printer. When living in 1990’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he began painting plein air watercolors of city landscapes and large scale acrylic paintings of Polaroid photographs. He has worked in graphic design and motion graphics for publishing, children’s media, tech and healthcare. He continues to paint landscapes, focusing on waterways industrial areas, and city life. In 2019 he received a Queens Council on the Arts New Works grant to produce large scale watercolor panoramas of Newtown Creek, with proceeds from sales of paintings and prints donated to the Newtown Creek Alliance, an environmental non-profit. In 2023 he again received a QCA grant to produce a self-published risograph art book of plein air watercolors “Last Days at the Iron Triangle,” documenting the disappearing industrial neighborhood of Willets Point, Queens.