Artist Anita Simes

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Anita Simes was born in Tel-Aviv and grew up in Brooklyn, New York.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
in Design and Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
While at art school, she received a "First Prize Award for Excellence" from the Master Eagle Gallery in New York City,
for a life sized painting of Woody Allen that also appeared on the Eyewitness News.  Shortly after she graduated, Anita
worked on an animated episode for ABC's educational series, "Animals, Animals, Animals," hosted by Hal Linden.
Before moving to the Chicago area, she worked in a studio in New Jersey, designing patterns for children's pajamas
that were sold at major department stores.  After relocating to Chicago, she designed products and illustrated
instructional diagrams for ASN, a publisher of craft books and magazines.
Anita's freelance work has included designing figurines for the Norman Rockwell Museum, illustrating textbooks
for Riverside Publishing and McDougal Littell, and creating package designs for Diamond Toymakers.  
In the last several years, Anita has focused on oil painting, and studies at the Main Street Art Center in Lake Zurich
under the direction of Frankie Johnson, where she pursues her love for portraiture.  After having produced pencil
portraits for bar and bat mitzvah, and wedding invitations for many years, she now enjoys the
depth and richness that oil painting provides.
Inspired initially by the Dutch artists of the Renaissance, including Vermeer and Rembrandt, Anita gets her
current inspiration from contemporary portrait painters, such as Richard Schmidt and Romel de laTorre.
" My goal is to capture the essence and mood of the people I paint."                         
Oil Painters of America * Portrait Society of America * National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society 


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