Trading as/nom de plume: As Cunning As A Fox, Armadillo Images, Armadillo Art Experience CIC
Birth date: April 25th 1977
Age: 43 years
Based in: Thatcham/Cold Ash
Media used: Acrylic paints (plus all manner of marker pens, watercolour, digital media and photography)
Skills: Painting, illustration, caricature, animation, workshop leader
Artistic education: None
Active as an artist since: 2003
Influenced by: The countryside, wildlife and woodlands, prog, heavy and folk rock
Favourite food: Curry
Favourite drink: Tea
Hobbies: More art and drawing, photography, cooking curries and with game, walking in the woods, listening to music.
Miscellaneous likes: Off road vehicles, especially old pick up trucks and tractors, quality tools.
Simon’s ‘As Cunning As A Fox’ paintings are inspired by and champion exploring the countryside and woodlands around us.
The changing seasons, interesting buildings, wildlife, favourite locations in Cold Ash and Bucklebury and old farm machinery are illustrated in Simon’s unique heavily textured acrylic painting style.
Simon walks in the beautiful West Berkshire countryside everyday with Hazel, his three and a half year old daughter. These walks, the slower pace of being with a small child, and with Hazel asking questions about the environment around us have led Simon to learn and notice much more about the countryside and wildlife in it.
This new found knowledge and closer observation has fed into Simon’s most recent paintings which are more detailed and full of woodland character than ever.