Yellow Sheets

This painting plays with the bed as a canvas exploring sexuality of the man and woman entwined in the sheets. This is part of my Breakthrough series.

The painting was included in a juried show organized by Very Special Arts in 1988.

large canvas with swirling colors mostly yellow, with painted pillows. Parts of the two figures include life casts of body parts and wood-cut outs.
Yellow Sheets. Life casts, wood, acrylic on canvas. 66“ x 90”. copyright 1987 by Dana Simon. A man and a woman are twisted in the sheets incorporates the three-dimensional life casts with cut wood pieces exploring sexuality and the bed as art.


Call to Rise, Juried group exhibition, traveled to: Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, Rotunda Gallery, Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

Jury: Barbara Haskell (Curator, Whitney Museum), Paul Perrot (Director, Virginia Museum of Fine Art), Frank Stella (Artist).

Still Life

Image jug is on left and glass on right.
Jug and Green Glass. iPad painting, copyright 2013 by Dana Simon

This still life was painted on an iPad. the patterned jug on the left contrasts with the green wine glass on the right.The below article is on the New York Public Library blog page.

The Art of Drawing When One is Blind or Has Low Vision

by Dana Simon, May 10, 2013

With my hand, I touch the outside, or contour, of a small ceramic jug, a container for cream. I slowly trace the curve of the rim, continuing to the pointed lip. I put down the jug, and pick up a piece of charcoal or a soft pastel. I draw round curves, recreating what I see in my mind’s eye, moving my hand across the paper, keeping pace with my inner vision.
I return to the small jug and begin again; tracing the contours of the round, squat body. But alas, when I try to return to the spot on the paper to begin drawing again, I have lost my spot! I cannot find it on the page. For I have low-vision and I just see some disconnected lines. I must devise a method to go back; perhaps if I put down the piece of charcoal to mark my spot? Yes, that works. I return to the small jug and begin again bit by bit I recreate the form, through touch, absorbing the shape, and then drawing it on the paper. Always keeping the pastel on the page to mark my spot, because if I don’t I may not find it again.

Years ago when my vision was better, I used to love drawing the contours of objects, the human figure, both nude and clothed with my eyes. My eyes would slowly follow the contours of what I was looking at and then, I would recreate what I saw on the paper. . .


Breakthrough: Three dimensional paintings

Dana Simon’s work is figurative, and her vibrant energetic colors conveys great feeling.  Working with materials like wood, Plexiglas and plaster life casts, she has created a way to break through limits set by the two dimensional form.  Dana Simon has Usher’s Syndrome a progressive condition that affects both her sight and hearing.

”When I painted these works I still had good central vision, I had problems with depth perception and tunnel vision. These works use high contrast colors and large shapes. As I have a progressive condition and my vision has changed my work is always changing.”