Due to Simon's background knowledge of animal behaviour his commissions are widely known for showing the true animals nature.
"The point of taking an animal's portrait isn't to make a pretty picture, it's to show the animals character, nature, and true self. Because we make ourselves custodians over the animal's life, they become part of our family. Not just an extension of our lives, but a partner, companion, best friend, and confidant. They not only brighten our lives, but when they leave us, they cast an immeasurable shadow in our hearts…" - Simon Palmer