For Jody Sims, art is a healer. Whether she’s painting a portrait, a landscape or an abstract expression, Jody’s distinctive personal style and use of text combine to create a transformative experience.
Jody’s art has been exhibited in many local and regional shows on the west coast, east Tennessee, and Virginia.
Among her many artistic achievements, Jody is the author of the book “Soul Provider: Conversations With My Cat,” which showcases 20 paintings of her cat’s face, along with journal entries of her experience through cancer. The book won a Nautilus Book Award in 2014. Her most recent book, “Sanctuary: the Will to Live, the Courage to Love,” showcases paintings of farm animals and her awakening to the oneness of all sentient beings.
Jody grew up in a small farming community in western Illinois, where she was greatly influenced by the graphic art on cereal boxes and other products and signs in her family‘s grocery store, the Sims Royal Blue. She studied fine art at Illinois
State University in the 1970s, and then embarked on an extraordinary life as a graphic designer, illustrator, muralist, film producer, event planner, newspaper publisher, and community leader over a span of nearly 38 years in San Diego, CA.
She currently lives in Knoxville, TN with her wife Susanne and their two cats.