Born and raised in New York City, Kitty Burri began her career at MacMillan Publishing and returned to school at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri with a focus on Fine Art and Equestrian Studies. In addition, she pursued courses at the University of Missouri with her eye on veterinary medicine. Circumstances returned her to New York and finally to Florida which brought her to work in the veterinary field at Wellington Equine Associates, for which she had acted as anesthetist for all surgeries performed.
Burri was confronted with a major turning point in 1995 when she suffered and recovered from a brain aneurysm. Her return to health rekindled her long time passion for painting and creating artworks. With a deep seated understanding that she yearned to do that which made her happy, she returned to watercolor as a medium of expression, studying, painting and showing work locally, as well as nationally.
Since 1997, Kitty's primary mentor has been her friend Sue Archer. Kitty has studied with Charles Reid, George James, Ted Nuttall, Alex Powers, Mark Mehaffey, Mike Bailey, and many others. She has participated in numerous juried shows, winning several awards.
Kitty has received the coveted Signature Membership with The Florida Watercolor Society, the largest watercolor society in the United States. Her rising celebrity has ensured invitations to teach workshops and give demonstrations at several shows.
Kitty is driven to paint, entering shows and fulfilling commissions with a focus on larger format paintings. Her subjects continue to be inspired by the equestrian community in which she lives and works.
Burri has participated in the plein air workshop near Toulouse, France with Janet and Steve Rogers June 2013.
In 2014, Kitty was honored to be juried into the American Watercolor Society Exhibition.
The body of Kitty Burri's work is done with transparent watercolors on 140 lb or 300 lb Arches Hot Press Paper treated with acrylic mat medium. This technique has proven successful in achieving texture and movement in her paintings. Burri’s style is influenced by realistic impressionism.