steven j. simmons - artist

ArtResin Adventures, a film by Steven J. Simmons


The good folks at ArtResin asked me if I would do a "project" video in exchange for a free starter kit of ArtResin. Of course I said yes, but I found the concept of focusing on just one project a bit limiting, so here's my video of some select pieces created with ArtResin since late 2015, through as recently as this morning.  Enjoy!


And btw, if you want to order some of this artful nectar, reach out to my friends at and tell them I sent you ...enjoy the video!







Surfin' Santa, After Hours

A very special thanks to Erika at Canopy and Bill at Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf for their support.  Poster designed by Jordan Wong.

It’s been a little over three months since my last blog post.   Lately I have been measuring time by the works that I have created and the shows that I have participated in during a given stretch.  Specifically, since my last post in August:


  • Reworked and completed the Fiberglass Menagerie Dome
  • Repurposed a shortboard/surfboard (currently at Nalu SUP and Surf in Rocky River)
  • Created my first skateboard (for The Boardroom Show at e11even2 Gallery in Cleveland, January 2017)
  • Started a second skateboard (for The Boardroom Show)
  • Finished four new mini paintings (currently at Verite Glass in Oberlin)
  • Started a new fiberglass wave sculpture on canvas (for the Surfin CLE Show at Canopy in Cleveland, February 2017)
  • Started a second wave sculpture on canvas (for the DayGlo V show at Waterloo Arts in Cleveland, January 2017)
  • Started a series of miniature wood surfboards (Surfin CLE show)
  • Surface, Strata and Substance Exhibit (3 artists), Beachwood CCG
  • Tall Walls (Group Show), Canopy
  • Untitled Exhibit, Verite Glass, Oberlin
  • Planned and organized the Surfin CLE Show at Canopy in February

Pasted below are select pics of some of the pieces referenced above.  Enjoy!

Wave in Progress (1)

Wave in Progress (2) (featuring SurfinSanta)

Fiberglass Menagerie Dome

Repurposed Shortboard

New Mini (untitled)

A few of my works at the Surface, Strata and Substance Exhibit

Skateboard (1) (Vertical in Freezing Rain)

Skateboard 2 (Untitled, in progress)

Currently, three women that I know are battling breast cancer. Fortunately, the outlook for all of them is very positive, provided that they each go through their own painful treatment processes.  In their honor, I have created three minis with a special emphasis on the color pink, one for each, respectively, and respectfully.  


Pictured below:  Pink Alchemy (day and night views), This Little Pinky and That Little Pinky.

This Little Pinky (detail)

That Little Pinky (detail)


This Little Pinky and That Little Pinky (outdoor light)

Pink Alchemy (front, day view)


Pink Alchemy (back, day view)

Pink Alchemy (front, night view)


Pink Alchemy (back, night view)


Pink Alchemy (front, outdoor view reflecting tree)


Pictured below are four images of my latest painting, "Cirque du C-L-E". I live in Cleveland, Ohio (a.k.a. CLE) and in case you haven't noticed, the circus has been in town all week.


Cirque du C-L-E

Acrylic, fiberglass and epoxy resin on canvas

5.5 x 5.5



Cirque du C-L-E

Cirque du C-L-E (night view)

Cirque du C-L-E (indoor view reflecting window light)

Cirque du C-L-E (outdoor view reflecting sky)

I've been working on a series of paintings using this incredible new glow paint that I stumbled into online.  Perhaps I will ultimately label this collection "The Lightning Bug Series".  Pictured below are night and day shots of one of many minis that I have created using this magic substance.  This painting is available at my Exhibit at Ten Thousand Villages in Cleveland Heights through July 24th.



Acrylic, tempera, fiberglass and epoxy resin on canvas

2.5x3.5 (mini)



Gemininight-and-day (day view)

Gemininight-and-day (day view)

Article Gallery in June, featuring several works by yours truly.

WOW!  What a month June was for yours truly, exhibit-wise.  So busy that I haven't updated my blog in a while.  So, here's what went down:


June 3rd - Opening night of 4 person show at Article Gallery (pictured above) in the Waterloo Arts District, featuring the works of Melodie Thompson, Matthew Merchant, Kristopher Petrenko and about 15 works from yours truly.


June 3rd - Readymade group show at Loren's Art Lounge, just a block away from Article Gallery, which included my piece entitled "Birth Of The Twinzies" (not shown).


June 18th - HYPERREAL Group Show at Canopy in Cleveland's Ohio City Neighborhood, which included my recent work entitled "30 CC's", pictured below (small blue-ish painting).

HYPERREAL Show at Canopy, June 18th


June 25th - Waterloo Arts Festival.  The biggest day of the year for the Waterloo Arts District, including live painting by Matthew Merchant, Melodie Thompson and Rachel Latina, shown below.  

Live painting at the Waterloo Arts Festival, June 25th

Many thanks to Canopy and the good people of the Waterloo Arts District and all attendees that viewed my work in June.


And one more ...

Fiddy Tree & The Gnarly Nine, from inside Article Gallery, June 25th.


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