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Blue Star Artist-Donna Simon-Voicesdelaluna.comi

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Published on Jan 11, 2010

Since retiring as an art teacher at Brackenridge High School, Donna Simon has been leading tours of local artists' studios and galleries organized through her Web site, Seeing Art San Antonio. But she's also found time to return to painting in these large-scale works inspired by her early morning power walks on the River Walk Annex in the King William neighborhood.
Donna Simon responds to the shifting lights and patterns of the San Antonio River Walk in her latest abstract paintings, while Sandy Whitby recalls the soot-covered buildings of her. A native of Pittsburgh and now living in San Antonio, Simon works in her gallery at the Blue Star artistic community. It's the best part of the day for me, Simon said. I enjoy looking at the variety of textures and patinas on the river walls. I also like the sunlight reflecting off the water onto the walls. I think I notice things that most people would overlook.
She builds up layers and layers of paint on works such as River Walls, which have vague suggestions of geometric forms such as triangles and columns. Pink, yellow and orange are some of the light-hearted colors in River Light, which contains squiggly, energetic lines mimicking the interplay of sunlight and stone. Upbeat and uplifting, Simon's lively, colorful paintings are more about how she feels on her morning walk rather than depicting the usual realistic river vistas. Her popular series, River Walls/River Lights has been shown in local galleries including at Gallery Nord, 2009 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 348-0088, www.gallerynord.com.

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