Sidney "Kit" Kittinger was born in 1921 in the isolated hamlet of Rumsey, Kentucky.
He began drawing at an early age and sold his first painting for 3¢ to a 15-year-old farm boy. The drawing was pornographic in nature; Kit and his first patron were suspended from school for two weeks.
Kit attended Western Kentucky State University where he majored in Art. A week before graduation, he was drafted into the Army. He served as an Infantry man during World War II in Africa and Italy. He was fortunater to be able to attend the Florentine Acadmey of Art while in Italy.
Later, he studied briefly at the Art Students' League in New York. Restless, he purchased a sailboat and moved to Florida where he studied during several winter terms at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota.
During a cruise to Mexico, he was forced into New Orleans. He decided to remain there and finish his art education at the New Orleans Academy of Art.
For 17 years, he lived in New Orleans where he was well known for his paintings of the French Quarter, including a series on New Orleans Jazz. He was honored by the New Orleans Philharmonic Society with an exhibition of these works in the Opera House. One of the paintings was presented to the President of Argentina as a good will gift by DeLesseps Morrison, Mayor of New Orleans at the time, and subsequently, Ambassador to the South American States under President Kennedy. Another painting was presented to the Kennedy Memorial Collection.
Kit was represented by Maxwell Galleries in San Francisco, and E. Lorenz Borenstein Gallery in New Orleans.
He lived in San Francisco from 1958 to 1963. Disenchanted with big city life, he and his artist wife, LoWayne, moved to Dinuba, a small farm town in the San Joaquin Valley. In 1967, Kit and LoWayne moved to Auberry, a small community in the Sierra Nevada foothills. He continued to paint and also taught watercolor classes.
Kit passed away on June 11, 1997, at the age of 76 after a long battle with heart disease.