Artist Name: Gary Simmons
Title of Artwork: In The Mood
Size of Artwork: 11” x 15”
Gary Simmons is known for technical refinement and for eclectic subject matter. He began pen-and-ink drawing as a science illustrator at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois as a student worker in the zoology department. After acquiring a B.A. and M.A. in English and American literature, he earned a doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1973 he worked for the University of Arkansas, then began a freelance artist career in 1976. In 1991 he began teaching art at Henderson State University where he retired as professor emeritus in 2013.
I am a Hot Springs artist who works in a variety of media, primarily pen, charcoal, and watercolor. My subject matter is usually narrative and is very diverse in content. Whimsey is one of the aspects of my art that I most enjoy, as expressed by this dancer who is definitely in the mood. Nothing sexier than movement. Nothing moves us more than music.