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Simons Swanson

Simons was born and raised in Charleston, SC, where her family has lived for eleven generations. Simons excelled in standard curriculum art classes from an early age and took advanced placement art classes throughout high school. While Simons began her college career as a student athlete (volleyball), she always enrolled in the available art classes. The teacher recognized Simons’s talent immediately and provided her with a key to the art studio to come and go as she pleased. While blessed with encouraging art teachers as far back as elementary school, Simons is largely self taught.

After graduating from Wofford College in 2008 with a BA in Business Economics, Simons moved to New York City in pursuit of change and challenge. For the next decade, she built a career in finance and worked for industry leading multi-billion dollar investment firms including Apollo Management and Crescent Capital Group. Inevitably, Simons longed for Charleston and eventually made her way back to the Lowcountry in 2017.  As she began to dabble back into painting in her spare time, she realized how passionate she was for creating art and decided to pursue a career as an artist whole-heartedly.

Simons typically works from a photograph and enjoys a wide range of subject matter from shrimp boats to pet portraits to children at play. Her work often exudes a lowcountry vibe and she has a strong emphasis on the figure. Her favorite mediums are acrylics, chalk pastels and colored pencils. She is deeply moved by light and reflection and strives to capture the essence of a scene in her works.