Presenting ARTYA AWARD Winning Artist
Jodi Simmons on the cover of FALL 2019
The mesmerizing cover image of this special issue of ArtTour International Magazine, dedicated to our planet, is an original painting by award-winning artist Jodi Simmons. Using soft brushstrokes, Simmons explores themes like peace, beauty, harmony, nature, and the mystical through imagined luminous scenes. Applying rich natural pigments—crimson reds, vibrant blues, cadmium yellows, orange, navy blues, and glistening golden hues—she captures the light and emotional force of her subjects. Simmons’ skillful use of color creates simultaneous contrasts and defined lines that give a sense of depth and tridimensionality, in which her figures appear to burst beyond the canvas.
Her latest work, “A Child Shall Lead Them,” inspired by Greta Thunberg, depicts the young environmental activist leading nature towards a brighter horizon, leaving behind—and beneath—the horrors and machinations of industrialized society, as represented by snakes. With the use of clear symbolism, Simmons shows us the location of a more hopeful future, as well as the person who is leading us towards that better place.