ART BY SIMON DEWEY
ANALYSIS BY MICHAEL
"HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN
IN GREEN PASTURES: HE LEADETH
ME BESIDE THE STILL WATERS.
HE RESTORETH MY SOUL:
HE LEADETH ME IN THE PATHS OF
RIGHTEUOSNESS FOR HIS NAME'S SAKE."
Artist Simon Dewey is a British artist who specializes in painting pictures of Jesus. He was raised in a humble, suburban London home. Here, the experiences and upbringing that molded the young artist provided the talent, faith, and inspiration that are manifested so beautifully in Simon's art.
Simon Joseph John Dewey, the only son of a London bus driver, was born in London, England in 1962. Simon's mother, Faith, a deeply spiritual woman, nurtured her children in an environment where God, love, and beauty were very much at home. When Simon's father, Joseph (known as Joe to his friends) was not driving the bus to support his family, he could usually be found in his makeshift studio in the corner of the small family room perfecting a portrait.
As Simon would watch his father's meticulous brushstrokes amidst the aroma of oil paints and the clutter of brushes, stretched canvases, and works in progress, something inside of him spoke of his own future. It was Joe's passion for his pastime that fostered within Simon the joy of creation for creation's sake, a true love of art, and an appreciation for the beauty of the human form. It was those early values that eventually guided Simon to follow in his father's footsteps as a portrait painter.
A gifted and dedicated student, Simon bypassed the counsel of his family and friends and left school at age seventeen to pursue his artistic dreams. He accepted an invitation to study at London Art College but soon realized that the liberal values of big city art schools were too conflicting with his own. Simon decided to develop his talents with more of a hands-on approach and took a job as a corporate visual aids illustrator... [continues]
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