Carolyn's Flowers by Jane Ramsey

Simons Fine Art Interview with Watercolor Artist Jane Ramsey

Jane Ramsey has been a favorite artist  and customer of ours since the first day we met her. She graciously accepted our request to share some insight into what inspires her to pick up a paint brush. If you feel like us when you look at her amazing paintings, you may appreciate some of these tidbits!

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You are a prolific Bucks County painter with a professional discipline and effortless style. What things are important to you to be able to produce so much work?

I am so blessed to be warmly welcomed by the farming community in Bedminster Township. I have two farms in particular that I spend a lot of time at. Having these “go-to” places is wonderful because I don’t have to spend extra time looking for places to paint. Like old friends, there’s a comfort and familiarity in returning to these farms to paint — I know I can always find inspiration and set up to paint quickly. Often, while painting one scene, I discover another view or see the light from a different time of day and then I remember that for my next visit.

What motivates you to pick a subject?

I am inspired by light and color. Shadows and the play of light capture my attention and that is often what draws me to pick a subject.

Did you always work in watercolor as your primary medium?

Yes, watercolor is my true passion. I love the spontaneity of the medium – there is always an element of surprise in how the paint behaves. I love it! It’s so portable and easy to take anywhere.

Who are the artists that inspire you from the past? And present?

Past artists – Andrew Wyeth, Sargeant, Vuillard, Ranulph Bye.

Present artists – Aaron Cordell, Marc Hanson, Ian Ramsay, Dean Mitchell

If you weren’t an artist, what other work would you pursue?

Most likely early education – I love working with children and both my parents were teachers.

What do you dream of painting that you haven’t painted yet?

On my bucket list is a trip to paint on Monhegan Island – I have always been inspired by work I have seen from artists who paint there.

Carolyn's Flowers by Jane Ramsey

Simon Fine Art Gallery’s 3rd annual “Sketch George” Community Art Exhibit

Simon Fine Art Gallery’s 3rd annual “Sketch George” Community Art Exhibit opens February 25. The public votes for their favorite artwork and voting will continue through March 10. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners receive a gift certificate to our gallery/boutique.  We hold this exhibit in the spirit of nurturing fun and creativity!  It’s a gentle reminder that creative expression holds an important role in individual and community well-being. There is an artist in all of us, all you have to do is get out of your own way, have some fun creating and let that artist out! For more information, contact us at 215-249-9155 or drop by the gallery!  See the design brief that follows if you would like to participate:

 Design Brief for “Sketch George” Event

*A community art event for all ages!

*Gift certificate prizes awarded for 1st place $200, 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $50.

*We will accept one submission per person.

*All abilities, any medium and style accepted.

*You may use any photos of George from our Facebook page, or come by the Gallery and take your own photos or sketch from life. Subject matter is George, of course!

*Maximum image size 11 x 14 inches.

*Art needs to be matted or framed. All paint should be dry please!

*All entries are due by Feb 18, 2017.


Carolyn's Flowers by Jane Ramsey

Simons Fine Art Gallery presents “Visions” featuring artist Jas Szygiel


Chalfont artist Jas Szygiel is re-defining what it means to be a Bucks County artist in his one man show “Visions” on exhibit at Simons Fine Art Gallery in downtown Dublin, PA.

Jas’s sensitive yet powerful paintings, infused with rich dramatic color, capture the splendor of the local landscape, transforming his images into an emotional symphony of atmosphere and beauty.  His classically designed, representational paintings combine the use of subtle light and delicate shadows, to bring the mood of the scene directly to the viewer.

A life-long resident of Bucks County, Jas is a graduate of Hussian School of Art and Arcadia University (BFA), and has taught art at both locations. His works have been awarded regionally and nationally, and are included in the collections of the Port of History Museum, The Franklin Mint, LPGA , The Polish National Alliance, and numerous private collections as well.

We are proud to include this talented artist as part of our ongoing “Featured Artist” events showcasing Bucks County’s fine artists. Please join us for a Meet the Artist reception on April 6, from 12 to 4 pm. The show  will run through May 30 during regular business hours at our gallery located on Rt. 313 in Dublin.