Kit Leese is an experienced landscape painter who specialises in gouache. He completed a Marine Zoology degree at Bangor University in 1979, but as he was already more interested in painting, he went on to have his first successful one-man show only two years later. However, the usual pressures of supporting a family led to a 30 year career in the water industry, although he continued to paint and exhibit throughout, with a series of one-man and mixed exhibitions , particularly at the Haylett Gallery on North Hill in the 1980’s.
He always wanted to paint full time, and finally took the plunge by taking early retirement in 2012 and since then he has been painting at every opportunity. During his early years as an artist he developed considerable skill in etching and has re-established printmaking facilities at his home to allow the flexibility for experimentation. He was an original member of the Print Group 12PM, and re-joined the Group in 2013. Kit also uses acrylic and watercolour for atmospheric landscapes and flower paintings, and as a complete contrast he has begun a series of vibrant abstracts which allow him more freedom of expression and the unconstrained opportunity to experiment with colour and form.
Recent one-man shows include the Darcy Gallery (2013), the Aldeburgh Gallery (2015) and the Swan House Gallery in Harwich (2016). He has exhibited in mixed exhibitions at the George Farnham Gallery, Saxmundham and the Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe. His watercolours are currently on show at the Hayletts Gallery, Maldon as part of the ‘Essex men artists’ group show.
Kit’s painting demonstrations are popular at art groups throughout the South East, particularly gouache, which he uses in a distinctive almost watercolour like style. He has spent the last 20 years living with his family in Bradfield on the edge of the River Stour. The area provides a rich source of inspiring coastal landscapes, and plenty of sunny weather to paint them in!