“Stay Happy and Be Positive” is my mantra that I live by in life and incorporate into my art practice. This emotional connection is what I hope my work brings to viewers and buyers. An escape from reality that shines happiness and positivity every time they look at my paintings. This is my artistic path.
I have been a creator all my life. When my two daughters went off to college, I simultaneously took a painting class and life coaching certification program, and suddenly found the two programs colliding. Through my life coaching journey, I found my life calling for expressive painting and the emotional well-being it provided me. It was so impactful, I ended up coaching myself into being a full-time, professional artist. My life coaching also helped me understand the importance of positivity and happiness in my creative works.
My artistic process is best known as abstract expressionism where I don’t plan anything ahead of time and let my mood and feelings dictate the color and style for the piece as my intuition guides me. I begin each piece by letting go and then choosing a vibrant and explosive color I am drawn to that day. I have my music blasting in my studio to bring positive energy and to get me in a happy, dancing and singing mood. I then get into the flow! Each mark and color I choose are built on the continuous examination of happiness…connectivity…joy….positivity and discovery to the piece.
Every day is a journey into lots of unknowns which excites me. I love to experiment with a variety of substrates and mediums including alcohol inks on plexiglas, metal, yupo paper and clayboard and more traditional forms with acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas… but I’m always finding new ways to create. All my works explode with color, creating a cohesive body of work. It’s on the conceptual level, though, where the hidden power may be found, and ensures that the art is never static as it turns on itself and then expands outward. As I learned from my life coaching experiences, what you see depends on where you are in life and where you stand in the room. That is happiness to me!
“You don’t ever see the same reflection when you shine light on one of my pieces, since you can never duplicate all the conditions exactly,” says Carol, “which enhances the subjective experience—with a reflection, your eye mixes colors that aren’t necessarily there physically.”
In addition to the key role it plays in the doubling effect, alcohol ink is especially well suited to a spontaneous, abstract painter who does not actually use brushes and rarely preconceives what any given piece will ultimately look like. Dripping the ink and manipulating it in other ways, using a variety of tools and techniques, Carol directs the intricacies of its chemical magic: the unusual way its colors interact; and how it conjures shapes and patterns that are intentional, unintentional. In the heat of creation, the ink has what seems like a will of its own, going off and blending where it wants to blend; but ultimately bending to Carol’s vision, with the final piece almost like a collaboration between the artist and her volatile, intoxicating(ed) colors.
On the surface, where it really counts, Carol’s work is luminous and vibrant, engulfing the viewer in its blazing color and visual immediacy. It is on the conceptual level, though, where the work’s hidden power may be found, and ensures that this art is never static as it turns in on itself and then expands outward. Like all the best art, what you see depends on where you stand.
CAROL SIMON IS A NATIVE HOUSTONIAN...
...and abstract expressionist artist. She has been creating art in different forms through out her life as a hobby. In 2011, after her daughters went off to college, she started taking painting lessons and found the immediate happiness that abstract expressionism invoked in her. She realized that being an artist was her calling and has made it her full time career ever since. She likes to experiment with different types of mediums and substrates in her work. She uses vibrant colors that bring each piece to life. Simon’s gets her inspiration for many of her pieces from the glass artist, Dale Chilhuly..
Simon has participated in a number of group exhibitions in both Texas and California. Simon is an alumna of the University of Texas in Austin where she received a BS in Advertising. In 2014-15, she taught art and art history to elementary students at City Artworks and in 2015 covered the art scene as contributing writer for the Houston Inner Looper Newspaper.
In 2016, after working with several different types of up-cycled materials in her art pieces and seeing several community art installations, she decided to lead a community wide, permanant public art project for the First Ward of Houston, using 10,000 water and soda bottles to form a colorful flower garden on a 150 ft fence on Houston Avenue and Edwards Street.
Simon has a studio at The Silos on Sawyer, Suite 207, where she creates, exhibits and sells her work.