A few terms I sweated struggled and strove to better my artist skills at the hands of Brian Simmonds, an admired Perth-based artist. By successfully managing to capture the essence of Perth, Fremantle and the West Australian landscape in his paintings he stands out as an artist. His paintings, both in oils and pastels are sought after and in demand. Brian has a devout following; I know quite a few artists who strive to emulate his style. His style of painting is traditional and a bit old-fashioned, but he does add something magical into the mix. There is always a feeling of ‘freshness’ about a Brian Simmonds’ painting and the mix of colours on his palette is true to the Australian landscape.