Simon Addyman, b.1957, Colchester, England.

British born artist Simon Addyman attended the Colchester School of Art and the City & Guilds of London Art School, where he gained his degree in fine art. Simon enjoys both painting landscapes on location (plein air) and developing work in his studio in Auburn CA where he now lives with his wife Carol. His diverse works and special commissions can be found in numerous European and American private collections. Without question, Simon's artwork is diverse and his versatility evident, yet his distinctive artistic style is consistently woven into the images that he creates, a quality that is difficult to achieve and much cherished by collectors.
Artist Statement:
I have always worked with the idea that it is the gesture and response to be found in landscape painting that is important to me. Working outside in the elements with the changing light, shadows and forms and trying to capture and describe this moment is where I find myself as a painter.
Outdoor painting is the basis of what I do, looking to nature and the excitement of finding new color harmonies and forms that can be translated into larger studio works. Plein air painting for me is about working quickly before the light changes, everything is subject to change, so there has to be room for the unexpected and readiness to take hold of it.
Many of my small plein air studies are used for the creation of much larger studio works, some of these are direct enlargements of the outdoor painting or a combination of study, memory and invention. I try to always push myself as a painter and experiment with technique and color, areas need to have lively passages of thin and thick applications of paint, edges lost and found. It is always a challenge to try and retain the freshness and vigor of an outdoor sketch when I am creating a larger studio piece but one I welcome.
The landscape where we find ourselves can always be re-discovered and I know for myself I am humbled and grateful that I have that opportunity.

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