Born in 1958 Simon studied art at both Cheltenham and Leeds Colleges of Art. He has built up a phenomenal reputation as a printmaker, both on the home and international market with his vibrant and unique style of monotype etchings. This has culminated in his nomination for the 1997 Fine Art Trade Guild, Best Selling Artist of the Year Award and numerous sell out one man exhibitions including one at the prestigious Harrods Gallery and International Fine Arts in Nottingham.
Placing great emphasis on purity, brilliance of colour and freedom of expression, Simon had come to feel increasingly stifled by traditional techniques and began to experiment with new ideas. From this he developed a new process which he called ‘monotype etching’. Each piece is hand printed and then hand coloured using inks, pastels and gold foil.
Every print is therefore unique and although at first glance each appears to be the same there will be subtle differences which add to their originality. Simon is also known as an artist who produces fine original paintings both on paper and on canvass. These stunning pieces have gained him a huge following in both the UK and the USA where his oils sell for commanding prices. Simon continues to produce stunning new collections of work, all of which have a wonderful sense of vibrancy and warmth, the hallmark of Simon’s phenomenal talent.
He is an artist who finds inspiration in so many subjects be it flowers, music, landscapes, figurative or wildlife; he is truly inspired by the beauty of the world around him. The sheer brilliance of his talent makes him, without doubt, the UK’s leading contemporary artist. "The garden is full of wonderful dramas, with the cycle of life being played out right before us - the poppy buds swim towards the light as the wild, flaming petals push their way to freedom. Beside the nodding blooms, empty seed pods ripen and swing in the air".