Fran Bell Simms

Fran Bell Simms has been a painter since childhood and continues to study and to seek improvement as she enters her eighth decade. When in grade 3, her painting of children in the home preparing for bedtime was selected as representative of her elementary school and was sent to Russia. That is the last time the painting was ever seen. During high school and college, she used her art work for cartooning and making posters. She integrated the arts into curriculum and is one of the midwives of the daVinci Project, still alive and well in Arlington Public School’s Barcroft. As an empty nester, she began to study watercolor in earnest and has taken classes with Gwen Bragg, Jane Coonce, Judi Betts, Lian Quag When, Brenda Swenson and has traveled abroad with other watercolorists to paint en plein air and to continue working with this complex and pliant medium. She qualifies as a “colorist” and often takes the challenge of working color using a simple triad. She has taught watercolor for Arlington Adult Education, is a member of the Art League of Alexandra, Arlington Artists Alliance and Falls Church Artists.