Dunedin born artist, Simon Williams began painting while living in Sydney during the late 1980s. He was strongly influenced by artists of the Heidelberg School. Paintings produced during this time resulted in Municipal Art Prizes from the Councils of Ryde, Lanecove and Paramatta.
On his return to New Zealand Williams based himself in Auckland. He paints throughout New Zealand often choosing to paint plein air, setting up the easel to paint small spontaneous sketches on the spot which are often the catalyst for larger works painted in the studio. Favourite subjects are beaches/coast lines around New Zealand and the Southland High Country.
Simon has had 10 solo Exhibitions and his works have been added to the collection of the former U.S. President Bill Clinton after his visit to New Zealand in May 2002.