John Simkins studied painting and earned his BFA at Emporia State University in 1977. He currently lives and creates in El Dorado, Kansas. Simkins is now retired and trying to find his way back into art, which he says has always been his real passion.
Simkins often signs his artwork under the name Jack Zeus. Simkins-Zeus specializes in abstracts that display the colors, shapes, and moods of Kansas using traditional materials such as oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, and graphite.