LINDSBORG — From Wichita, Jim Simpson, will be the Artist-in-Residence, Friday through Tuesday at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main St., Lindsborg.
“My art starts with the act of soaking up thousands of pieces of color, pattern or unique form. This storehouse of inspirational fragments are reflected in my work later,” Simpson said. “I am driven to create new scenes and new images. If I paint a bird, it’s ‘my bird’ not a specific species of a bird. An eye for the unique and picturesque merges with a love for worn and battered things. The work is never constricted by excessive preplanning. I liken it to picking up a handful of colors, a brush, and jumping off a cliff…anxious to see what’s at the end of the fall. This commitment to letting the image evolve on the surface, working up layers, destroying parts, letting other parts gleam through from underneath, aggressively scrubbing paint onto the surface, carving into previous layers, all contribute to a richer image. Every layer or vibrating, broken line adds character and nuance.”
Simpson is an artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design from Wichita State University. He studied under Wilma Wethington, Patric Rowley and Jim Gross.
His works have been included in numerous shows that include Wichita Arts Council juried shows, Kansas Watercolor 7-State Exhibition, and National All-Media Exhibit at MarkArts.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 785- 227-2217.
The Red Barn Studio is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.