•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.)


Summers Burn




White Heron

Great Blue, Blue


Dancing Flamingos

Great Blue at Dawn





Flamingo Joe and Rosario

Beak Boy

Gentry B.


Purple Sky White Heron

Beak Girl




Seaside Wading & Waiting



Bailey Rae



Island Queens

Hootie Cutie

Meadow Lace

Hazy Days


Calgone Cameo

Heron Love

Alex Eyes


Lookin Good

Movin On

Luis and Linda


Blue on Rouge

South Beach Color Guard




South Beach Pink Guard

Great Green

Amazing Print Unframed

Diving for Dinner

Star of the Surf

Mr. Beaujangles

Amazing Original

Amazing, Print Framed

Soaring Seagulls


Prince of the Pier

Everglades Sea of Sawgrass

Mangrove Escape


Riding the Wave

Facing the Wind

Spring<(1)>s Crimson Sightings

Gleaming Surf

Boys with their Boards

Simo<(1)>s Farewell

Sanford<(1)>s Lake Monroe

Great Green


Colors of Great Blue

Joyful Sandhill

Curious Baby

Eye Full

Birds of Paradise

Mr.T-Bones (SOLD)

Long-necked baseball player in Kansas City T-Bones uniform.

This is an original work.
Height 65" x Width 10" x Depth 9"
Year Produced: 2015
Inventory ID JS_1517
Status: Sold (public)


The story of this painting is a maze or miracle! I was commissioned to paint a ball-player for a part-time Sarasota resident to go in his condo with two of my long-necked ladies. My very random selection of a subject turned out to be Joe Rapp from Sarasota, and my client immediately recognized Joe as a player he had just met and was now on the Kansas City team!

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