David Simons was born in Ontario, Canada in 1951. In 1984 he moved to Haifa, Israel to work as a construction supervisor on major projects at the Baha‘i World Centre. It was in Israel that he began painting, at the age of 33.
David is a self-taught artist. Having started as a watercolorist, he now prefers painting in oil. He is primarily a landscape artist but also enjoys still life and portrait painting.
David has lived in Tubac, Arizona since 1993.
His work has won acclaim in the southwestern United States and is collected internationally. David is a member of Oil Painters of America and The American Impressionist Society He is also a
Distinguished Artist Member of the Tucson Plein Air
Painters’ Society, and a founding member of
PASSA (Plein Air Painters’ Society of Southern AZ).
David teaches painting workshops locally.
I consider myself a tonalist, rather than a colorist.
I like to explore the subtle ways that light affects the
landscape. I also enjoy color, but the value relation-
ships in a landscape are what interest me most. Another quality that I like to emphasize in my work is the abstract nature of the landscapes that surround us.
Painting for me is a meditative experience--essential to my well-being, and a necessary part of
my life. Painting also brings me great joy, and, I hope, uplifts the hearts of those who view my work.
“There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the
usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.”
SHOWS, REPRESENTATION, ASSOCIATIONS
1993 AWA Spring Show - Sedona Best in Show
1993 Hilltop Gallery - Members’ Show 3rd Place
1994 Solo Show - Canoa Hills Social
Center - Green Valley, Az
1995 Tubac Center of the Arts -
Members’ Show Best in Show
1995 Hilltop Gallery - Members’ Show 1st Place
1995 Arizona Aqueous Vlll
1995 Western Federation of Water Color
Society - One year national tour
2002 Tubac Center of the Arts -
“A Brush with Excellence” 2nd Place
2003 Tubac Center of the Arts - Members’
Juried Exhibit People’s Choice Award
2003 Tucson Plein Air Painter’s Society-
Members’ Show 2nd Place
2003 Tubac Center of the Arts-
“True Colors” Show Award of Excellence
2004 “Artistic Creations of our Southwest
Splendor” Show - Green Valley, Az. Best in Show
2004 TPAPS “Distinguished Artists’ Show”
Karin Newby Gallery, Tubac. 2nd Place
2005 Salon d’Arts - Jeune Salon - Colorado
Invitation by Curator
2006 “Nomades del Arte” - Sage Gallery,
Santa Fe, NM. (2007/2008)
Invitation by the director
(featuring 200 plein air artists)
2007 “Little Treasures Show” Tubac Center Selected winner
Of the Arts 8 out of 400
2008 “Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibit”
A ward of Excellence
2008 “Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Show”
2009 “American Impressionist Society” national juried show
2009 “Human Elements Show” Tubac Center of the Arts
Best in Show
Los Reyes Gallery, Tubac, Arizon
The Max Gallery, Tucson Arizona
Rich Design Gallery, Colorado Springs, Co.
Tucson Plein Air Painters’ Society (Distinguished Artist Member status)
Laguna Plein Air Painters’ Association (LPAPA)
Oil Painters of America
Plein Air Society of Southern Arizona (PASSA)
Los Reyes Gallery and School - Tubac, AZ
Santa Rita Art League - Green Valley, AZ
“Tucson Home Magazine” - Spring 2005
“ Arizona Highways” - November 2006
“The Connection” Cover and Article
“ The Villager” Cover and Article
“Art Talk” ‘Artist Worth Watching’ January 2007
“Southwest Art” August 2008 OPA awards