•Taking a roundabout approach to becoming a professional artist, Jo Simonini studied Interior Design in college, graduating from the University of Florida, College of Architecture and Fine Arts. Drawing architectural elevations and interior renderings honed her perspective, shading, and coloring skills. Time honed her desire to paint professionally! After dabbling in watercolor, pencil, pastels, and oils, she ultimately discovered that acrylics were the best fit for her developing style of painting.
•In her travels Jo developed an affinity for nature, animals, and people of different nationalities. She paints a variety of subjects on traditional flat canvas, but specializes in paintings on a more sculpture-like “tropical” canvas – Queen Palm pods. Ms. Simonini was drawn to the organic and elegant form of these Queen Palm pods, and living in Florida found an abundance readily available . Even though the natural palm pod surfaces are challenging to paint on, they offer a long and narrow "nature canvas", each one different in color, shape, length, and striation. Jo then combined her interest in portraiture and wildlife with the palm pods and a new manner of expression was born. The results are Simonini's "Long Necked Ladies" and "The Long and Tall of Audubon", her two trademark Queen Palm pod series. “I am thrilled to be creating paintings that draw so much curiosity and positive comments from viewers."
•Jo feels fortunate to be classically trained under master painters, whom have played a significant role in her artistic growth and endeavors. Her works have been donated to several charities and on display in a variety of venues in Central Florida including Hyder Gallery, Sanford Welcome Center, Sanford Flower Shop and Green Circle Gallery in Cocoa Village. She has been honored with distinctions of winning the People's Choice and Judges Choice Awards at the Historic Sanford Welcome Center's Art Walk Show and the Featured Artist at Florida Hospital Altamonte's Art of Healing Exhibit.
Please visit: http://www.jocobeansimonini.com
NOTE: The Queen Palm Pod paintings are one-of-a-kind works and therefore best viewed in person in order to truly and fully appreciate each individual painting. As organic canvases with varying sculptural nuances, each pod, and therefore each painting, has a unique character that cannot necessarily be seen in the photos of the pods.)
Painting: Acrylic on Canvas
Turbulent beauty of cresting ocean waves
This is an original work.
Height 16" x Width 40" x Depth 2"
Year Produced: 2015
Inventory ID SFS_1512
Status: All Galleries
The rhythmic swells of a turbulent sea just as they converge and show the full color of each wave.