Simon is a drawing teacher at Melbourne Polytechnic, and an independent visual artist/designer whose practice is situated at the intersection of sculpture, illustration and digital technology. His work is about creating accessible art that motivates a curiosity within the viewer to learn more about the concepts behind it. Through the combination of his freelance practice and his academic research, Simon is able to connect students to a valuable forum for current ideas and experimentation within the wider creative arts community. He shares skills in art and design from concept visualisation to finished artwork, 2D and 3D, using both traditional and digital methods.
A drawing teacher at Melbourne Polytechnic since 2018, Simon teaches his students practical applications of universal drawing techniques and theory. Instructing and guiding floristry students in the process of visually communicating their ideas through drawing. The process is broken into four key areas delivered through guided hand drawing exercises. They cover line & shape, composition, tone/texture and colour. Simon loves connecting with the students and being part of their creative journey, sharing knowledge and techniques to help them explore and discover their own unique path.
Simon completed a Bachelor of Arts/Industrial Design at Newcastle University in 1993 and recently submitted (March 2019) a Master of Fine Art at VCA/Melbourne University. He has participated in group exhibitions around Melbourne since 2005 and currently exhibits as part of the Art Aviso group.