Simon Bland

Portrait Commissions and Original Oil Paintings

Commission a Portrait

I work with all types of pet, individual people and family groups. An ideal gift for a friend or your spouse.

Buy an Original Oil Painting

See the artwork in my online gallery and buy direct from the studio. All paintings are framed and ready to display.


My painting 'Winter Dawn' won the Friedman-Rubin Trial Lawyers purchase prize at the 2017 annual Washington State Juried Art Competition and Show at CVG Gallery in Bremerton, WA

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my booths at Best of the Northwest spring art show and Magnolia Summerfest. It was great to see so many people and meet new customers!

I will be exhibiting at the Best of the Northwest fall show at Magnuson Park in Seattle on 10/11/12 November 2017.


The second edition of my book 'Painting Animals in Oil' is for all artists who create pet portraits and animal paintings in the studio. It will help get you started on the right track in areas such as developing ideas, composition, drawing, and color design.

All concepts and methods are illustrated with examples from my own portfolio.

The book is available as a PDF download from my online store. It can be read on all tablets and PCs. A printed version is available from CreateSpace and Amazon.

Buy Now

Buy printed book from CreateSpace. 114 pages fully illustrated in color.

An In-Depth Look

Get tips and advice. See sketches, studies and formal paintings as they are made. Explore new work fresh off the easel.

Artist's Statement

Read my artist's statement and find out what's behind my paintings. A short piece of text that has taken 15 years to write.

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About the Artist

Simon Bland is a Seattle-based artist painting commissioned portraits, pets, animals, plein air landscapes, and other fine art.