Northampton artist shares his gift of painting
Not everyone is blessed with the gift of producing a piece of artwork.
Gerald Simcoe, owner of Simcoe Gallery in Northampton, considers his talent to draw and paint to be a gift, and one he said, is an ability that comes with a "responsibility to develop" it.
He traces his artistic gift of creating drawings and paintings back to his childhood.
"I was painting since I was 11 years old," Simcoe said with a smile on his face. "My mom said I just drew in front of the television. The television was my first instructor."
Simcoe said his first recognizable interest in art was spurred by his piano teacher, who had had a portrait of himself done. At that point, his interest and artistic strength grew.
At the age of 18, Simcoe left the borough of Northampton and moved to New York City to begin studying at the Art Students League.
Since his early years and his formal preparation and training in New York City, he has produced artwork for the Delaware Center for Horticulture, Cape Cod Museum, the Philadelphia Rector of St. Clemons and created a piece in Holland celebrating the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Manhattan.
What maintains his passion and interest in creating paintings is the end product that is produced.
"I can get results," he said. "It's really satisfying. If I have a successful day of painting, it's like nothing else in the world."
He said any given drawing takes as little as 20 minutes and a typical paining can take as long as two months. His artwork ranges in cost from $700 to a few thousand dollars, depending on the time and work required to produce it. Drawings, he said, run as low as $20.
The Simcoe Gallary is open every Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and by appointment. The gallery is located at 1925 Main St., Northampton.
Simcoe also has an art studio in Sanibel, Florida, at 2340 Periwinkle Way, Ste. R1.
The gallery's website address is http://www. simcoegallery.com/.