Simon Kramer New Zealand Artist
Born in 1964 in Queenstown New Zealand.
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. He has concentrated on painting outdoors, using the direct approach (Alla Prima), which is without a doubt the best way to develop as an artist.
This method helps build his observation skills and brushwork while teaching him to capture the effects of light in nature.
Simons paintings have been 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).
As an outdoor painter, I see the beauty of God’s creation and realise anything I do is inspired by his ideas. He is the original artist and my inspiration. I know the value he has placed in every one of us and believe the human spirit is the only sacred thing on earth today. I find our influence on nature and each other fascination and sometimes heartbreaking and try to include the evidence of our endeavours in my work.
My biggest challenge in painting apart from getting all relationships working is to try not to be to seduced by the texture of the paint and the spring of the brush on the canvas.
I hope my work inspires you to find the good in people and consider God’s ideas as he intended them.
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