Simon Canacott was born in Reigate in 1964. He is a self-taught artist, with no formal art training, but at college he studied and qualified as an engineer, which included a great deal of technical drawing and draughtsmanship. This attention to detail and understanding of perspective can be observed in his pen and ink drawings of architecture and street and town scenes.
Simon is known for his versatility and works in many media, including watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastels and pen and ink. His subject matter ranges from landscape to still life, seascape to life and architecture to wildlife.
His artwork has been used in advertising and also to illustrate several books, manuals, magazines, calendars, postcards, greetings cards, wedding and business stationery, as well as corporate art, adorning the walls of many receptions and boardrooms.
Simon continues to develop his skills as a painter, exhibiting in galleries mainly in the South East (including solo exhibitions and demonstrations) with his work held in private collections in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Jersey, France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Pakistan, Philippines, Oman, South Africa, Canada, Australia and the United States.