Cross- Nine/Fifteen/Ten

Medium: Color-Pencil on shaped wooden panel
Size: 11"h x 7"w 
David L. Simmons ©2010

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About David Simmons

Born in 1952, the fourth child of a minister, David L. Simmons spent his first two years in Birmingham, Alabama. Then the family moved to Magnolia Springs, Alabama on the Gulf Coast, a place the family had visited many times even before his birth. At this early age, a strong affection was born for the sandy soil, long-leaf pines, and  hot, salty summer breezes of coastal Alabama. Between the age of seven and twelve he moved with his family to Shreveport, LA and Richmond, VA, but then returned home to south Alabama and has never left.

From  a very early age Simmons was interested in how things worked, and in making and creating things.  He received his first oil paints on his fifth birthday on a trip to Mobile, AL at a dusty little art shop downtown.  A love of the aroma of linseed oil and turpentine has been constant since that day.

After spending 5 years working his way through college, he graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1977 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in studio painting and printmaking. During that time he won a scholarship from the Mobile Art Patrons League. After working months on his Pre-Thesis and Senior Thesis show, while being advised by Dr. James Kennedy and Lee Hoffman, he was awarded an unanimous "A" by the Thesis Committee.  Since college, Simmons has worked in many mediums including painting, colored-pencil, mixed-media, cast-paper, papermaking, book-binding, sculpture, and even designing and building furniture.  For many he is known for his masterful serigraphs with as many as 80 screens and over 140 colors; one of only a few to use the "relief print  transfer" method in his work. He is also known for his cast-paper reliefs developed by the artist and called "Mixoglyphs" to represent this unique new medium.

Simmons has been an artist for more than four decades, placing artwork in countless homes, businesses, galleries and museums here and abroad, and garnering over 250 awards. He began exhibiting professionally in 1976 even before graduation from college. Recently, his work has been executed in a unique combination of mixed media including colored-pencil, acrylic paint, and lacquer, along with oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and wood panels.  And as always, his work is founded in an appreciation of his coastal Alabama surroundings. Simmons comments, "I enjoy exploring that narrow territory between the figurative and the abstract where things are necessarily reduced to their essence. Even when painting recognizable objects, the abstract elements of form, line, and color are the more important elements to me."  Simmons' unique vision of the world is still expanding and developing.

Simmons' brainchild "ArtStreamLIVE" was developed with long time artists and friends, Kurtis Thomas and Charles Smith as an interactive fine arts Webcast promoting all of their artwork and providing the public an interactive venue to communicate directly with the artists through the streaming live video, website, live-email, phone, and chat screen.

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