Bernard Simbari


After a stroke in 2007, I began art and music therapy in the fall of 2008 and soon realized a talent for drawing with my non-dominant hand (left arm unaffected by stroke). Since November 2009, I have produced over 375 colored pen “paintings” on paper. Many have been inspired by impressionist masterworks from books and magazines, but I’ve also done free-hand paintings of landscapes of Torrey, UT and nearby Capitol Reef N.P., original still lifes and abstracts, and paintings from photographs. Before my stroke, I was a dermatologist for 35 years in the Salt Lake valley, art collector and home restorer. “Art for Non-majors” was my worst grade in college, and now after a stroke, art expression has given me a huge “lift” and countless hours of enjoyment.


Exposure to regular art therapy sessions has pushed me to create original (“out of my head”) abstract artworks. More often though, art expression with pencil and colored pens has found me drawn to Santa Fe/Taos, New Mexico and southern Utah landscapes or Native American scenes. I also enjoy doing my own takes on masterworks from art magazines and books and doing original works from photographs. With most all of these compositions I like to challenge myself and incorporate great detail and vibrant(some say fauvist) explosions of color.


  • May 2012 "Artist of the Month" at Reuel's Art and Frame,
    (downtown Salt Lake City store)
  • Featured Artist 2013 Avenues Street Fair



  • Art Access' Art to Go Exhibit & Sale, September 18 through October 9
  • Out of My Head, Art Access II, Sept. 19 - Oct. 10, 2014
  • 300 Plates Fundraiser, Art Acess, 2014
  • Gallery 24, Torrey, UT, 2014,
  • Art Access/VSA Utah Holiday Group Show 2013
  • Salt Lake Avenues Street Fair, Sept. 7, 2013
  • Univ. of Utah Speech and Hearing Clinic Student Lounge, Fall 2011-present(2 works transferred to canvas)
  • Brain Injury Assoc. Group Show, Spring 2011 and 2012
  • Reuel's Art and Frame, May 2012
  • Art Access/VSA Utah Partners Program Group Show, August 2011



  • Caffe Niche, 800 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, August, 2015