As a boy, Simon enjoyed many trips to the local art galleries with his mother where he marveled at the works of Badcock,Beadle,Thomas and local art teacher Allan Cook. Simon always wanted to paint but used oil paints for the first time 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 painted hundreds of paintings out in the New Zealand countryside.
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).