A British born Canadian Citizen, Simon has lived and sculpted on Salt Spring Island British Columbia for thirty years, and became a Signature Member of the Artists For Conservation Foundation in February 2020. He is the creator of the two nine-foot tall underwater bronze mermaids, "The Emerald Princess" in Mermaid Cove, in Saltery Bay near Powell River, British Columbia, and "Amphitrite" at Sunset House Grand Cayman, as well as "The Guardian of the Reef" placed underwater at Divetech resort in West Bay, Grand Cayman.
"I have been an active SCUBA diver for 46 years and have logged countless dives in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Washington, California, Florida, Mexico, Grand Cayman, England, Norway, France, Italy, Malta, Hawaii, The Bering Sea (Saint Paul Island), Australia and the Lee Ma Islands in Communist China. I’ve witnessed many concerning changes over this time. My passion for the ocean, its inhabitants, and the explorers both above and below the surface who have risked and sacrificed to expand our knowledge and understanding, drove me at an early age to speak about my feelings through sculpture. First through welded steel and then through bronze. As I witnessed first-hand the degradation of the environment, I became committed to using my art to raise public awareness of the fragility of the ocean environment, and to help raise whatever funds I could to support the cause of related foundations."
Simon's limited edition bronze sculptures are displayed in private and corporate collections in Argentinean Patagonia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, & the United States including Hawaii. His work has been chosen for many awards including the Ontario Underwater Council's "Canadian Underwater Achievement Award", the "Ocean Pioneer Award" presented to Jim Willoughby, Phil Nyutten, and Dr. Michael Lepawski, and the Apnea World Championships. Simon's art has been represented by P.A.D.I.'s Project A.W.A.R.E. Foundation, Ocean Futures, SeaSave, OceanWise, The Marine Life Sanctuaries Society and many others to raise funds for these deserving environmental organizations.
Simon received the Canadian National Underwater Achievement Award in 1990 and an appreciation award from the SCUBA Diving Association of BC for the Emerald Princess. He is one of the founding members of Oceans 2000, a group of leadership level sponsors of the Ocean Futures Foundation, and represented Canada by displaying his work at the 28th Annual World Festival of Underwater Pictures at Antibes, France. This festival is the largest marine art show in Western Europe. Simon has been a Featured Artist at several DEMA shows, Our World Underwater, and is a current member of the Ocean Artists' Society. Simon Morris lives with his wife and family on Salt Spring Island B.C.