John Simmons

I was born and grew up in Adelaide, the third child of six children. My father, a railway man from Port Lincoln was a  storyteller who delighted in drawing images of the sailing ships he scrambled over in his youth. My passion for art, the bush and things maritime I am sure, came from him.

Looking back over my tertiary studies to be a teacher, subjects related to art, I found the most absorbing and enjoyable.


As a young man, I was fascinated by the large and galleries around Adelaide, and later while travelling overseas I’ve continually inspired by the magnificent art in the great galleries in  the places that I visit .

When I retired in 2007, after 40 years with The Education Department, as teacher and Principal, I began taking lessons with John Ford [Maritime Artist  Port Adelaide] and  built myself a “studio”.  I still enjoy participating in Kaz Pederson’s workshops at Port community Arts Centre, and regularly exhibit.

I work in watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, depending on place and purpose. My subjects are from maritime themes, iconic destinations that I have visited and the Flinders Ranges, which I first captivated me as a bushwalker there in 1967, and continues to do so.

It is the colours, shapes, line and vibrancy in what I see that attracts me. I paint images which are not ultra realistic copies, but which do capture mood, colour and movement through bold lines and powerful tones.


Contact Details


John Simmons

379 Lady Gowrie Drive, Osborne SA 5017

Mobile No. 0400 257427