JuLee Simmons

...Represented since 2012

Julee Simmons is featured an as "Artist to Watch" in the August 2012 Southwest Art Magazine: "Eye on the classics".

JuLee has traveled extensively,broadening her creative understanding by studying the work of the Nineteenth Century masters. “I like the romantic perspective of the Nineteenth Century,” she says. “Artists such as John Singer Sargeant, J.W.Waterhouse, and N.C. Wyeth continue to inspire me. Contemporary artists often like to pretend that they are blazing paths that have never been walked before, but the truth is that we all stand on the shoulders of the great artists who came before us. Rather than focus on the ‘shock of the new, I prefer creating art that celebrates beauty.”

The majority of JuLee’s art is figurative, but she also paints landscapes, street scenes, and florals.“My style generally is impressionistic, but sometimes I like to work in a tighter style inspired by the masters of earlier periods,” JuLee observes. “I try to create scenes that are timeless."

 

Ladybug Collector
18 x 24" oil, framed

Girl with Hat
9 x 12 " oil, framed

Deep in Thought

Backstage
12 x 16" oil, framed

Island Girl

Morning Coffee

Anticipation
24 x 30 "

Brief Encounter
24 x 30 "


JuLee Simmons began painting in oils more than thirty years ago, at the age of ten. That discovery unleashed a passion which has animated her life to the present day.
A native of Denver, Colorado, JuLee studied art at the University of Denver and completed her formal training at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1979 to 1981.
JuLee began her career as an artist for the Denver Nuggets and the Denver Broncos, and painted portraits and golf art for the Senior PGA Tour. Looking back, JuLee observes:“Sports art sometimes is derided as genre art, but I never looked at it that way. It permitted me to refine techniques which I still draw on to create fine art. When I look at my early sports work, I see landscapes. I see figures in motion. I see portraiture.”
During the 1990's JuLee partnered with The Alonzo Gallery in St.Petersburg, Florida and became their sole featured artist, selling originals as well as limited edition prints. During this period, JuLeeproduced a limited edition print of baseball great Stan Musial, signed and numbered by Mr. Musial as well as by the artist. The first numbered print was presented to President Clinton during a trip by Mr. Musial to the Oval Office, and now hangs in the Clinton Presidential Library. JuLee also published a popular series of calendars and cards through The Lang Companies.