Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by the city of Enumclaw.
Enumclaw painter Lyudmila Simpson’s paintings are well-crafted expressions of her heritage. Many of Lyudmila’s paintings are inspired by Ukrainian folk art. Her designs for utilitarian objects bring artistic life to simple shapes. She also creates paintings with inspiration from European masters. This exhibit is a very nice opportunity to see the artworks of your neighbor.
Lyudmila Simpson: Artist Statement
I was born May 21, 1974, in Dnepropetrovsk in the
Ukraine. After high school, I enrolled in Dnepropetrovsk Industrial and Economic College, graduating with a degree in economics. Following that I attended Dnepropetrovsk National University at the Faculty of Economics, specializing in accounting and auditing to become an economist.
I worked as a chief accountant in the Ukrainian-Polish joint venture, director in a real estate agency, as an economist for a commercial bank.
In 2006 I met my husband Richard Simpson and we married in 2008. In January of 2010, we immigrated to the United States, along with my eldest son Alex Lerman. Alex is now a student at Enumclaw Middle School. We live in Enumclaw on Jewell Street. Our house is full of happiness and the laughter of children. Currently, my husband and I have three children, Alex, Elena, and Anastasia.
I have many hobbies. As a child I engaged in artistic gymnastics and choral singing. Drawing and math were my favorite subjects in school. My passion for art was given to me by nature. In my free time from studying and working I
painted, sewed, modeled clothing, knitted, crocheted, and I embroidered a cross. My inspiration is so strong that I have the desire to paint in every spare moment. Ukrainian folk art is of interest to me. Ukrainian folk art ornaments are filled with bright colors of the rainbow, imitating peaceful environments in the Ukraine. I love working with acrylics and gouache. My paintings are many-sided and diverse.
Gallery 2012 is located in the Council Chambers at Enumclaw City Hall. 1339 Griffin Ave. Enumclaw, WA 98022. Hours for the exhibition space are 9:00 a. m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enumclaw City Hall is closed on national holidays. The gallery is closed to the public on Tuesday of each week for municipal court proceedings. For More Information, please call Enumclaw Cultural Programs office at (360) 802-0239.