About LeeSimmons.ca

 

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE 

Hello!   My name is Lee Simmons.  After a career in government and running my own business consultancy, I am enjoying my retirement creating art.

I am a mixed media storytelling artist and printer.  I create visual statements on the environment and world issues, roles of women in society, plus imaginary pieces of whimsy just for the fun of capturing my lighter side.  I am also a black bird/raven lover extraordinaire. 

In creating my work I use various tools and techniques from thick, textural applications of acrylic paint, to dripping inks, cold waxes, graphite, and collected papers in my paintings, collages, and original hand carved and pulled prints.  In size, my pieces range from 5×7 inches to 18×24 inches.

The idea of making visual stories comes directly from my storytelling family and so in response, I use brush, scissors, gouges – whatever is at hand  – in hopes of causing the viewer to take stop and look; to pause and contemplate.  Visual art, beside the verbal or written word, is one of the ways humans pass information and connect with each other; it is the way we pass ideas to both young and old. It is why I create.

As an intuitive artist, I begin with a primary layer of gesso, paint or papers and continuously build up the picture, layer by layer.  Unless I am doing a specific linocut for printing, I never know what I will be creating until the moment I step back and see my subject reflected back at me.  It is at this magic point I begin to imagine the final touches that will refine and tweak my story into view.

Geographically, my work may be seen by appointment in my home in Duncan, B.C., Canada by contacting me at leeonvanisland@gmail.com

My work can also be seen on Facebook, Instagram or on www.artcuts.ca for my lino-prints and collage work.