About the Artist
Jenny Simon has developed her own unique painting technique. She uses palette knives and her hands to apply and form multiple layers of oil paint onto canvas that give these artworks a rich quality and texture. She is dedicated to a pure approach to abstract painting. Her works are radiant colorful compositions; collaborations of feelings and visual thoughts expressed with vibrant colors in a refreshing contemporary style. The viewer bathes in the deepness of warm colors and is surrounded by the dreams and emotions the artist created. Her confident strokes and abundant vivid colors provide the artworks with an energy that imbue her creations with movement. In a world of imaginations her paintings are silently speaking the language of spirituality and change.
Jenny Simon is a self-taught visual artist and has lived and worked as a painter in Germany where she was born. As a child, Simon came across post cards of famous German painters Karl Spitzweg and Albrecht Duerer. She was fascinated by their abilities to capture emotions and light in such a dramatic painting style. She started studying their work and expressing herself with charcoal and water colors.
Influenced by painters like Gerhard Richter and Jackson Pollock, she started painting oils in abstractions in 1995 using primarily large canvases. In 1999 she specialized in creating custom-designed oil paintings. In 2002, the artist established her new studio in Southern California where she currently resides. Her works are sought after worldwide by both galleries and collectors.
Jenny Simon is a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) and past president of the Pasadena Society of Artists. Additionally, she supports charitable organizations with contributions of her paintings.
Jenny Simon’s works were featured on TLC’s “FLIP THAT HOUSE” and BRAVO’s “REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS” as well as in magazines like AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, LAGUNA BEACH MAGAINE and LUXURY LIFE & STYLE MAGAZINE and more. Her work has been widely exhibited in many Galleries throughout the US and Germany. Past Exhibitions include the Coos Art Museum in Oregon, Academy Of Fine Arts in Virginia, Alexandria Museum Of Art in Louisiana and the City Hall Of Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.
Jenny Simon Q & A:
AFA: What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about yourself through one of your paintings?
JENNY: “That any obstacles can be overcome just by taking focus away from them for a while and revisiting them with a fresh mind after a day of concentrated painting.”
AFA: Do you think there is a driving force that inspires you? If so, please explain.
JENNY: “I feel like there is a spiritual force that works through me and guides me through each painting.”
AFA: If you hadn’t chosen to be an artist, what would your alternate field in life have been?
JENNY: “I didn’t choose to be an artist. I was just overcome by creating art at an early age and I couldn’t stop it. Feeling the freedom in creation drives me always.”
AFA: When embarking upon a project, do you preplan your entire endeavor or do you simply follow where your inspiration takes you?
JENNY: “I usually have an initial idea of where I would like a painting to go but as soon as I start painting it takes on a life of its own and guides me though creation until it’s finished.”
AFA: Do you create with an intent to send a message to your audience? Is it specific to a particular piece or is it a general message?
JENNY: “My goal always is to recreate nature as I feel a deep spiritual connection with nature. I don’t have a specific message because I am myself drawn into the process as my paintings evolve but I hope that they will give the viewer peace and comfort.”
AFA: Have you ever been faced with negative feedback? How was this reflected in your work, if at all?
JENNY: “Art brings out emotions in people and everyone is different. Negative feedback does not bother me since it’s not a reflection of my emotions when I painted the piece.”
AFA: What actions do you do to get into your creative zone in your studio?
JENNY: “I am a big jazz fan and I listen to it all day long in my studio.”
AFA: Are there any other creative channels you use to express yourself?
JENNY: “Yes, I really love photography.”
AFA: What is the best advice that you have been given?
JENNY: “Stay in the studio until it’s awesome :-)”
AFA: Which piece of art in the current AFA Exhibition “Blue Me Away & Summer Small Works” would you most like to own?
JENNY: “I really loved them all. It is a great show and I would take home any piece!”