As a boy, Simon enjoyed many trips to the local art galleries with his mother where he absorbed the works of New Zealand’s top landscape painters of the day.

Simon started experimenting with oil paints in nineteen eighty-seven and by the new millennium was painting many hours every week.

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.

Simon has also had good success as a teacher running his workshops in the direct painting method (alla prima).