Oil Paintings by David Simons
David Simons was born in Ontario, Canada in 1951. In 1984 he moved to Haifa, Israel to work as a construction supervisor on major projects at the Baha‘i World Centre. It was in Israel that he began painting with oils, at the age of 33.
David is a self-taught artist. Having started as a watercolorist earlier in his life, he now prefers painting in oil. He is primarily a landscape artist but also enjoys still life and portrait painting.
David has lived in Tubac, Arizona since 1993.
His work has won acclaim in the southwestern United States and is collected internationally. David is a member of Oil Painters of America. He is also a distinguished Artist Member of the Tucson Plein Air Painters’ Society, and one of the founding members of
PASSA (Plein Air Painters’ Society of Southern AZ). He is also a
signature member of the American Impressionist Society.
David teaches painting workshops locally. David is also a co-founder and a member of the advisory board of the Port Townsend School of Maritime Art.
I consider myself a tonalist, rather than a colorist.
I like to explore the subtle ways that light affects the
landscape. I also enjoy color, but the value relation-
ships in a landscape are what interest me most. Another quality that I like to emphasize in my oil paintings is the abstract nature of the landscapes that surround us.
Oil painting for me is a meditative experience--essential to my well-being, and a necessary part of
my life. Painting also brings me great joy, and, I hope, uplifts the hearts of those who view my work.
“There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the
usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.”
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
This photo was taken for an article in Arizona Highways Magazine,November 2006 called "Live Art". The article featured four local artists in the Tubac area. I was happy to be included.
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