The artist, Simon Koo, started to think a lot about being a painter when he was a teenager. After high school, however, he attended the University of Ottawa, first in Biology and then in Mechanical Engineering.
After graduation, he spent most of his engineering career in the petroleum industry. In 1992, When he turned forty-two, he quit his job to start to paint full time. In the last 20 years, he has participated in numerous art shows, big and small, and in many locations in Ontario and Quebec.
He enjoys painting people doing things, ordinary things. His philosophy in painting is very simple: There is no such a thing as a good painting or a bad painting, a good painter or a bad painter. We all contribute to a much bigger picture: the human experience.