Simone is a Cree - Ojibway artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1962. She is a member of the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Her Ojibway name is “Earth Blanket” – all that covers the earth such as grass, flowers and trees.
Simone has been artistically motivated since the age of thirteen. She began by experimenting with various mediums, such as pencil, ink, charcoal and pastels. At that time, her subjects mainly consisted of human portraits and some wildlife. Simone did not pursue painting until much later in her life.