November’s Artist is…
Page Simon: After studying Fine Art in college and graduate school in Claremont, California, Page Simon worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer, primarily with her own studio, in California and New York. She taught in the Art Department of Rockland Community College for 25 years. After retirement, she has been working in a variety of media, enjoying freedom from deadlines, client expectations and meetings. She lives in Piermont, New York, and Mabou, Nova Scotia.
THE HORSE IN MOTION
In 1878, Eadweard Muybridge devised a series of cameras attached to trip wires that triggered photographs of a running horse. The experiment was sponsored by Leland Stanford to prove (and thus win a bet) that all four hooves of a horse will be off the ground at once during a gallop. Page did a series of 12 paintings in acrylic with metal leaf based on his images. Using digital photos of the paintings, she made this little gif that shows the horse in motion.
When Page was a teenager, the mystery writer Margery Allingham gave her a Victorian lady’s sketchbook. That began her fascination with botanical drawings, although she never personally took to that aesthetic for herself. Instead, one year, she took up translating them into other media she had been working in. Here there are three in each of three media: Computer drawing using Adobe Illustrator, acrylic painting, and metal leaf on slate panels.