Travis Simpkins

Travis Simpkins, 2014. Photo: Steven King © Worcester Magazine

     Travis Simpkins is a freelance artist, with clients throughout the United States and Europe. He currently works with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, creating artwork for an ongoing program. He also serves as an Art Advisor with the Massachusetts Senate.

     Travis Simpkins works on projects for the Supreme Council, 33°, NMJ in Lexington, Massachusetts and his art has appeared in publications by Arturo de Hoyos, Grand Archivist & Grand Historian of the Supreme Council, 33°, SJ in Washington, D.C. 
     In addition, Mr. Simpkins is designated by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts as the artist commissioned to paint the official portrait of M.W. Paul F. Gleason, the 89th Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts. The finished oil painting will be unveiled in 2019.
     Recently, a portrait of Major General Henry Knox by Travis Simpkins was placed on permanent display at the Knox Museum as part of a project organized by the Grand Lodge of Maine. His work has also been featured in the official publication of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia.

     In 2015, he was commissioned by the Worcester Historical Museum to create a series of portraits which were displayed alongside works by colonial-era portraitist, Gilbert Stuart. His draftsmanship has drawn praise from the office of Martin Kemp, art historian and world-renowned authority on Leonardo da Vinci. He has created artwork for bestselling British author Graham Hancock, which has been utilized in promoting Hancock's books, website and lectures at venues such as the National Arts Club in New York City.

     Travis Simpkins is also a staff member of the Worcester Art Museum, working in different capacities over the past 19 years. His efforts and connections have culminated in the addition of more than 300 works of art to WAM's permanent collection, including 94 woodblock prints by Japanese artist Yoshida Toshi.

     Mr. Simpkins holds a certification from the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection. He is a contributor to various art security forums, conducting research into art theft, preservation and archaeological ethics.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Travis Simpkins



"Travis Simpkins is a dedicated lover of art. He protects it at the Worcester Art Museum. He creates it in the form of an amazing portfolio of sketches ranging from portraiture to interpretations of important art objects. And he preserves it via a weekly mailing of then-and-now photos of the WAM that accumulated quite a following and garnered him a great deal of publicity." 
-Anthony AmoreDirector of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Author of "Stealing Rembrandts" and "The Art of the Con"

"You can see by the reactions of associates… overwhelming admiration for such artistic talent." -Stevan Layne, President of the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection IFCPP

"A darn genius." -Chris Faraone, News & Features Editor at DigBoston

"In many ways it's more me than photographs generally are. You are very gifted, and I'm honored to have been your subject." -Ron Hansen, Author of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

Travis Simpkins and Senator Michael Moore. Massachusetts State House. Beacon Hill. Boston, MA

Travis Simpkins - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Travis Simpkins - Salisbury Mansion - Worcester Historical Museum

Travis Simpkins at work

Travis Simpkins - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Travis Simpkins. Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA. Senate and Governor's Balcony

Travis Simpkins

Tim Murray, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, and Travis Simpkins

M.W. Richard Stewart, Past Grand Master of Massachusetts, and Travis Simpkins

Travis Simpkins, 32° and Arturo de Hoyos, 33°. House of the Temple . Washington, D.C.