For David Simons, Every Brush Stroke Counts!
David Simons is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. A general contractor by vocation, David is also a very prolific painter, working primarily in oil at this stage in his career.
A self-taught artist, David began in watercolors at age 33, while living in Israel. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife Debbie started a family and moved to Arizona. The rigors of raising a family and launching his contracting business left little time to paint. In response he developed his unique technique, which emphasizes ‘an economy of brush strokes’ as he puts it. He can get a lot done in an amazingly little amount of time.
David routinely completes a 16”x20” landscape in oil in a couple of hours, very fast as most painters will tell you. His paintings feature bold, broad brush strokes to evoke his purpose, the canvas alive with the power of those strokes. An impressionist who pays homage to Van Gogh through technique and the Creator through inspiration, David metamorphoses from his left brained contractor work to his right brained painting almost every afternoon for an hour or two. The transformation is complete, the focus intense and even Debbie knows not to bother him when he is at work in his studio. He is spiritually consumed in the subject matter, totally committed to the process, without the slightest thought once that process has begun. “You cannot think about what you are painting”, he says. “It must just flow from your spiritual being through your brush and on to the canvas.”
A devotee of Plein Aire, David likes nothing better than setting up his easel in the Aliso Springs area of Tubac and capturing the “subtle ways that light affects the landscape”. “The light in Tubac is so special” he says. A self-described tonalist as opposed to a colorist, David likes to explore the “value relationships in a landscape or seascape” and seeks to emphasize the abstract nature of the world all around us.
“Oil painting for me is a meditative experience, essential to my well-being and a necessary part of my life.” For the rest of us, David’s work is pure joy, as is his presence in the community of Tubac.