Jaroslav Simice was born in Prague, a city of music and art. His father was a violinist and mother a teacher. His uncle Bohuslav Simice was an artist whose work was commissioned by the Shah of Iran.
The young Jaroslav spent many hours in his company, listening to his blues records and reading from his extensive library of art. After completing a degree in Medicine, Jaroslav moved to Canada, and after some years of further study in Winnipeg and Edmonton, settled in the Comox Valley in 1979.
A busy career and raising his family put his passion for art on hold, until 1992, when he attended a drawing class at NIC, taught by Brian Scott. He began to work with oil pastels, inks and acrylics and has developed a style uniquely his own.
Jerry’s paintings are exhuberant in their colour and movement, and bring life to any room. He is hosting an Art Show and Sale at the Filberg Lodge in Comox, April 14 and 15, 10 a.m. till 4 pm. All are welcome.