Simon Palmer was born in South Yorkshire in 1956. He studied at Reigate Art School graduating in 1977. Since then, he has made Yorkshire his home, and the life and landscape of this county has informed almost all of his work. Over the last three decades, he has become one of Britain's leading watercolour artists, and is keenly collected in the UK and abroad.
He held many solo exhibitions in London and provincial galleries from 1978 to 1990. He has exhibited with JHW Fine Art every two years since 1995, and his work has been shown in many group exhibitions, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Crane Kalman's "British Landscape Painting in the Twentieth Century", Glyndebourne Festival Opera Exhibition, and the National Trust Centenary Exhibition. A retrospective exhibition was staged at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate in 2004. In 2007, he won the Winsor & Newton Prize for the best watercolour at the RA Summer Exhibition.
Like other British landscape artists before him, Simon Palmer draws a spiritual connection with a specific place: anyone visiting Wensleydale will immediately recognise the territory of his imagination: narrow lanes, drystone walls and winding fences, bridges over railways and rivers, stone houses, and most of all the trees in all their glory, whether it be the dense foliage of high summer or the skeletal branches of frozen winter. In the depiction of trees, his vision is truly unique.