Toulla Simon

Watford, Kent

I always loved drawing and when I was 12, my parents bought me an oil painting set. That was the start of my painting career. I have always loved the old masters, and I give credit to these as I learnt from studying and copying their work.   Obviously I have my own unique style and technique, especially evident in the use of watercolour.  By 19 I had work accepted at exhibitions in London and two of my paintings were bought by an art publisher. I had no idea what became of these paintings until one day whilst watching Only Fools and Horses, I spotted one of my paintings on the wall of the Trotter's flat. Since then, it has been spotted in many episodes.  Solo exhibitions have been in London, Watford and Cyprus with national TV coverage on the cultural programme in Cyprus.  I have been pleased to see images of my work in magazines such as Artists and Illustrators, The Artist, Italia Magazine, Hertfordshire Life and others.  Paintings in private collections in U.K, USA, Canada, Cyprus and commissions have been people and pet portraits, pubs, hotels and private homes, some of which can be viewed on my websitewww.toullafineart.co.uk

Awards

SAA Highly commended for Lucy Kemp Welch's House & Aphrodite's RockThe Artist Patchings 2011 Highly Commended for Fishermen BoatsThe Artist Patchings 2012 Highly Commended for Me, My Cavalier & the Woman in RedSAA Artist of the Year 2012 Highly Comm