My name is Dave Simpson. I am an amateur artist and photographer. I work in oils. acrylics and watercolours, and also like trying out mixed media projects. I accept mainly commission work in all types of subject, including painting from photographs and interpreting and reproducing the work of well-known artists. My interests are Shropshire hills, nature, seascapes, and Japanese culture.
I have been drawing and painting all my life and have developed several different techniques, which make art accessible to a wide variety of people. My work includes original evocative pencil, pen and watercolours of the local buildings, churches and landscapes surrounding us in Shropshire, countryside animals and fish and intricate designs incorporating children’s names. These are available as originals, prints and cards.
I work and teach Chinese Brush painting. The oldest painting art form in the world. The work reflects the beauty of nature it’s insects, flowers, plants and landscape. Using simple brush strokes to speak volumes. The paintings are done on Xuan paper and mounted in a traditional style.
As you might expect from someone who spent their childhood in Cornwall, my art is mostly inspired by nature, whether it be wildlife, the sea or a beautiful landscape. I am also known for my commission work as a pet portrait artist, which demands a keen eye to capture a pet’s true likeness and character. Much of my work displays detailed realism, particularly my paintings of animals and birds, however, I also like to adopt a looser style when the mood takes me. I work in acrylics, pastels or watercolour, choosing the medium I think will work best with my subject or vice versa.
I paint portraits, life painting and also do lino prints.
My work is concerned with figuration and the representation of the world. This takes the form of portraits. I am interested in composition and the way that colour, line, mark and texture can be used to evoke a narrative or emotion.
I am interested in the idea that paintings can be read and that they have layers of meaning once you begin to understand the references within them. My work often makes references to art history, literature, classicism and symbolism to bring an understanding of the personality or life experience of the sitter.
I work to commission to produce portraits. The painting is produced through a client consultation process to discuss how they want to be represented. Once ideas are agreed a photo shoot is arranged and the resulting images are then used in the studio to produce the work.
Mixed media paintings of Bridgnorth and elsewhere.
Very Much inspired by the landscapes of Shropshire and North Wales. Recently inspired by medieval church carvings and murals. Especially angels. Currently working on a series of ‘Mischievous Angles’-WHAT FUN !!
My work is mainly inspired by travel and nature. Landscapes, views, flowers and trees are my most common subjects. Sometimes I am inspired by a small detail – the texture of bark, a shell or an interesting leaf. More recently I am enjoying working on local landscapes, dramatic skies and beautiful views. Initially, I like to use unpredictable media such as inks and dyes. I then use a variety of techniques to add detail from drawing and painting to collage and stitch. I am especially fond of free machine embroidery and use this in much the same ways as I draw.