As a boy, Simon enjoyed many trips to the local art galleries with his mother where he absorbed the works of Douglas Badcock, Peter Beadle, Mark Thomas and local art teacher Allan Cooke.

Simon began his oil painting journey after being re-inspired by an elderly lady painting a seascape on the beach in Kaikoura in the late 1980s.
After many years of painting, Simon is now a veteran outdoor painter who has spent thousands of hours painting in the New Zealand countryside.

He likes painting direct from life and believes it is the best way to develop your eye and a painterly style.
Simons paintings are being collected by art enthusiasts in many countries around the world. He has also had good success as a teacher running his workshops in the direct painting method (alla prima).