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David Simons

 

David Simons is a self-taught artist of over 30 years from Tubac, Arizona. His unique and captivating oil paintings have made him one of the most notable artists in the Southwest, with collectors worldwide. Displaying a range of diverse subjects in his work, David brings his signature style to life with scenes from the southwest, seascapes, portraits, still life, and more. David also hosts workshops on oil painting and is a renowned artist not only by Arizona locals, but national publications such as Southwest Art, Art Talk Magazine, and Arizona Highways.

"Oil painting for me is a meditative experience -- essential to my well-being, and a necessary part of my life. Painting brings me great joy, and, I hope, uplifts the hearts of those who view my work.

I like to explore the subtle ways that light affects the subject. I also enjoy color, but the value relationships in a scene are what interest me most. I also like to emphasize the abstract nature of what surrounds us."

Awards

  • Signature member of the American Impressionist Society 
  • Member of the Oil Painters Of America
  • Distinguished Artist Member of the Tucson Plein Air Painter's Society
  • Founding member of the Plein Air Painter's Society of Southern AZ
  • 2009 Tubac Center of the Arts, Members Open - Award of Excellence
  • 2008 Oil Painters of America National Exhibit - Award of Excellence
  • 2004 "Artistic Creations of Our Southwest" - Best In Show
  • 2004 Tucson Plein Air Painters Distinguished Artists Show

Notable Press

  • Southwest Art - August 2008
  • Art Talk Magazine - "Artists Worth Watching" - January 2007
  • Arizona Highways - Featured Artist - November 2006
  • The Tubac Villager - Cover Artwork and Feature - October 2006
  • Tucson Home Magazine - Spring 2005
  • The Connection - Cover Piece - April 2004

Shows
2011 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibit- Juried entry
2011 America Impressionist Society 12th national juried Exhibit - Juried entry
2011  Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibit - juried entry
2009   Members Open ,Tubac Center of the Arts, Award of Excellance
2009   Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition - juried entry
2008   Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibit - Award of Excellance
2008   Oil Painters of America Western Regional - juried entry
2008   American Impressionist Society National Show - juried entry
2008   The Best and Brightest - Scottsdale School of Fine Art - Juried entry
2008   Tucson Plein Air Painters - Art Institute ,AZ. Desert Museum - Juried entry
2008   Tucson Plein Air Painters Members Show - juried entry
2008    Little Treasures Show - Tubac Center of the Arts - selected for auction
2007    Little Treasures Show - Tubac Center of the Arts - selected for auction
2006    Nomades del Arte - Sage Gallery New Mexico - by invitation
2005    Salon d' Arts - Jeune Salon - Colorado - by invitatation 
2004    Tucson Plein Air Painters Distuinguished Artists Show
             Karin Newby Gallery, Tubac, AZ - Second Place
2004    "artisitic Creations of Our Southwest" Green Valley,AZ. - Best in Show
2003    "True Colors" Tubac Center of the Arts,Tubac Az. - Award of Excellence
2003    Tucson Plein Air Painters Members Show - 2nd Place
2003     Memeber's Juried Exhibit, Tubac Center of the Arts - People's Choice Award
2002    " A Brush with Excellence" Tubac Center of the Arts - 2nd Place

1995     Western Federation of Water Color Society National Show - work chosen for
              a one year tour across the United Sates
1995     Arizona Aqueous VIII - juried entry
1995     Members Show -hilltop Gallery  - 1st Place
1995     Member's Show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ. - Best in Show
1994     Solo Show - Canoa Hills Social Center, Green Valley, Az.
1993     Member's Show - Hilltop Gallery - Third Place
1993     Arizona Watercolor Association - Spring Show, Sedona, AZ. Best in Show