Today we’d like to introduce you to Maud Simmons.
Hi Maud, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’m a painter and have been my whole life. Attended RISD in the ’70s and then moved to L.A. after school. I’ve probably done every kind of painting job you can imagine, including billboard painting, murals, commission work, teaching, textile design, portraiture (both human and animal), all the while keeping up my personal practice, which has always been my main focus and continues to grow.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s been wildly challenging. I had to deal with my alcoholism, and have been sober for 33 years now, (welcome to AA). I’ve had financial problems (welcome to the art world), and emotional problems (welcome to therapy). Somehow I always painted though, no matter what. I’d probably be dead without it.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
The thing that people always comment about is the variety of painting styles I work in, and the range of imagery I use. There’s the fish period, the fruit and vegetable period, the landscape period, the abstract period, the figurative period, and now the water period. For the last year, I’ve been painting water, starting with abstracted interpretations of William Turner seascapes. He’s one of my heroes for sure. The imagery has evolved into paintings of the surface of the sea, and now I’m about to go underwater. This work is a direct correlative to my meditation practice, as I go deeper and deeper into it, first floating on the choppy surface where all the thoughts roil around, and then slowly diving into waters that are more still and quiet.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I practice transcendental meditation and tune in to a group meditation twice a day (along with 2,000-3,000 others). This helps with everything. I sleep better, have relief from anxiety, am able to experience a brighter world even when the world looks pretty dark and feels pretty daunting. I always listen to music when I’m painting. Everything from Chet Baker to Al Green. If I have music in my head it clears out a lot of extraneous thought which can be distracting.
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