Paintings by Virginia Simons
Our Child 4 – Waiting
This is one of a series of four portraits painted from May to June of 2018 when our government took babies and children from their immigrant parents and housed them in cages.
Lone Bison in first snow. Male Bison range as much as 20-25 miles in a day and live mostly alone on the range. I am struck by this since all the other “buffalo” I have seen were behind barbed wire.
Canyon De Chelly – oil
This is the invaders best version of the Navajo name. “The name chelly (or Chelley) is a Spanish borrowing of the Navajo word Tséyiʼ, which means “canyon” (literally “inside the rock” < tsé “rock” + -yiʼ “inside of, within”). The Navajo pronunciation is [tséɣiʔ” Indegenous people use literal locations of places and pass this down…
Hawaii beaches are little pockets of beach tucked in among rocky shore.
Ireland cliffs, my colors.
Memories of beach walks on Maui.
Abstract painting of Poinsettia Still life.
White Hydrangeas – oil
The lovely white hydrangeas in crackled vase still life.
A still life of fresh flowers in a vase, hopefully bringing a smile to someone’s face.
Leaves in a Puddle
In Ohio the frost and rains of fall bring the leaves down too soon! The leaves fight back to hold onto their colors to the very last. The maples, oaks and Elms keep company while the cold comes.
Lies Sideway – Crow Brave
Portrait from an Edward Curtis (c1908) photograph. His photographs and study are amazing. I just don’t know if any of the monies made from these photographs ever came back to help the Native American people. I only hope.
There are many snowy fields during Ohio’s winter. Once in a while the sun sets across the snow reflecting the cold clouds and this gold, peachy color.