A British born Canadian Citizen, Simon has lived and sculpted on SaltSpring Island British Columbia for thirty years, and became aSignature Member of the Artists For Conservation Foundation in February 2020.
He is the creator of the two nine-foot tall underwater bronze mermaids, "The Emerald Princess" in Mermaid Cove, in Saltery Bay near Powell River, British Columbia, and "Amhitrite" at Sunset House Grand Cayman, as well as "The Guardian of the Reef" placed underwater at Divetech resort in West Bay, Grand Cayman.
"I have been an active SCUBA diver for 46 years and have logged countless dives in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Washington, California, Florida, Mexico, Grand Cayman, England, Norway, France, Italy, Malta, Hawaii, The Bering Sea (Saint Paul Island), Australia and the Lee Ma Islands in Communist China.
I’ve witnessed many concerning changes over this time.
My passion for the ocean, its inhabitants, and the explorers both above and below the surface who have risked and sacrificed to expand our knowledge and understanding, drove me at an early age to speak about my feelings through sculpture. First through welded steel and then through bronze.
As I witnessed first-hand the degradation of the environment, I became committed to using my art to raise public awareness of the fragility of the ocean environment, and to help raise whatever funds I could to support the cause of related foundations."
OceanWise (Vancouver Aquarium) – Vancouver
Donated Octopus sculpture “Dofleini Domain” to 2018 “Night at the Aquarium”, 2018, raising 4,000.00 at auction.
Sea Save Foundation – California
Donated 1/12 scale sculpture of the mermaid “Amphitrite” in 2015. Raised 1800.00 USD in on line auction.
Marine Life Sanctuaries Society/Future of Howe Sound – Vancouver
- Donated bronze sculpture “Orca Spirit” valued at 2795.00 USD for auction
- Donated 40% of proceeds of sale of Manatee sculpture “Crossroads” at same event
PADI Project AWARE – California (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)
AWARE: Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education
My art has been represented by P.A.D.I.'s Project A.W.A.R.E. Foundation to raise funds for deserving environmental concerns.
Ocean Futures Foundation
"Ocean Futures", bronze sculpture of 2 bottlenose dolphins, unveiled by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in New Orleans, was donated and auctioned to raise funds for the environmental organization of the same name.
I’m one of the founding members of Oceans 2000, a group of leadership level sponsors of the Ocean Futures Foundation
Cayman Magic Reef Recovery - terrible damage done to thousands of square feet of reef near Georgetown Grand Cayman in August 2014, when athe cruise ship "Cayman Magic" dragged anchor over the reef.
Created original graphic art based on the “Guardian of the Reef” sculpture and promoted a Tee Shirt fundraising campaign
The Guardian of the Reef - Grand Cayman
- Part proceeds from the fee that divers pay to visit the Guardian at Divetech's resort are donated to the "West Bay Eco Warriors" a societ that teaches at -risk kids the importance of the marine envirnment to Grand Cayman and their future.