John W Simms Jr

Moving to the Tennesse Cumberland Plateau after the tragedy of September 11th, provided him an opportunity to use his God-given artistic talent to dispel myths taught as historical facts in the 1950s and 60s. He also became increasingly more sensitive to the forced removal of indigenous peoples as he traveled a similar but far less treacherous route through Tennessee and Oklahoma to visit family in Arizona.

As an American of African descent he is motivated to paint the various roles played and contributions given by his ancestors.

The ignorance of his youth has been the driving force behind his work today. He paints with an eye on the positive; the negative can be found anywhere. Thus, he has a strong desire to portray values in paint. This is the impetus which motivates him to create fine art and heirloom portrait paintings.

A Giclee (jee-clay) is a high-quality printing process which uses advanced “dotless” imaging technology to produce prints that are nearly indistinguishable from the original artwork. Considered the “next best thing to owning an original”, Giclee are widely accepted by fine art galleries, museums and private collectors.

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