A Short Biography

Simon Bland

Drawing and painting have been hobbies since my childhood in England. After graduating from Cambridge University I pursued careers in other fields before finally getting the opportunity, at age 40, to turn my passion for art into life as a working artist.

Despite the late start, my previous experience gave me one big advantage: I arrived in the art world knowing that there is no short cut to being an artist, only trial, error, and lots of work. Since 2003 I have painted full-time, completing many hundreds of commissioned portraits and original oil paintings, and thousands of sketches and studies.

My wife, Kate, and I have recently moved from Lovettsville, VA to Seattle, WA. As a newcomer to the Pacific Northwest I have been hard at work the past year year completing commissioned works, making new friends, and exploring places to paint on location in and around the city.

Photo of artist Simon Bland painting en plein air
Simon painting at Welsh Farm in Hamilton, VA. Photo credit Donna Clark.