K J Simmons derives inspiration from the landscapes in Northern California. The work, most 4 feet or larger, are abstract and atmospheric. The paintings evolve from a personal and emotional place, and are built in layers of colored pigment, glazing and wax. Many canvases have layers stripped away, and are then rebuilt with new transparent layers on top, allowing the viewer to see glimpses of what is hidden underneath.

KJ has shown work in group shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Baltimore. Simmons currently resides in San Francisco.

In addition to creating visual art, KJ also writes short story fiction, flash fiction and poetry. The fictional short story entitled Your Next Girlfriend has been accepted by KQED, The Writers’ Block. To listen to the podcast, click here.