Simon was born in Colchester, in Essex, England, to a family of successful artists. After training at the Colchester School of Art and the City and Guilds of London Art School, Simon developed his craft while working as a freelance illustrator and graphic artist. Simon’s painting techniques are inspired in part through close contemplation of the paintings of the Old Masters, with a particular attention to the mood and atmosphere invoked by the quality of aging suggested by their faded, cracked, and heavily varnished surfaces. Frequent sketches from nature are a primary resource that is later translated in a more abstract and interpretive vision of the landscape.
Growing up in New York City to a mother who was a docent at an art museum and who kept her enrolled in "every manner of art class," a career in art was almost inevitable. Liz gravitated toward her deep love and appreciation for nature as a primary source of inspiration. Early in her career, Liz says that her favourite time to work is late in the evening when everyone has gone home and the phone has stopped ringing. "I crank up the music and let go."
Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Jodi moved several times during her childhood and spent five years in Hong Kong. Jodi’s influences are as diverse as her nomadic childhood and touch the colour palettes of nature, magazines, meditation, galleries, museums and literature. Jodi describes her work as a spontaneous blend of harsh and soft application of pain – applied fast and furiously – coupled with slow and deliberate layers to create a contemporary urban feel. The subtle layers and rich depths are an invitation into an ethereal mystique, revealing unexpected details that delight and entertain.