A FORMER MODEL AND ACTRESS, BUT ABOVE ALL AN ARTIST AND THERAPIST! THE PROFESSIONS OF DESIGNER, MODEL AND ACTRESS LED HER TO CREATE TODAY’S PAINTINGS WITH POSITIVE ENERGY WHICH SHE NAMED JEWELRY ON THE WALL. AND AS THE AUTHOR ADDS, THE JEWELRY ON THE WALL IS FOR EVERYONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE DEPTH OF THE  CONTENT IN THE PICTURE. JANA ALSO WORKS AS A THERAPIST AND REGULARLY ORGANIZES SEMINARS. 

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The life story of Jana Sedlmajerova, a former model and actress, but above all an artist and therapist, is a manual for understanding the meaning of life and finding a way to yourself. She was born into a well-situated family, where from a material point of view her family lived a fairy-tale. Her mother Zdenka was raised as a young lady. During the Second World War, she met her first great love, the police doctor Zdenek Muller. They fell in love at first sight. They were married at Namesti Miru in Prague („Peace Square” in English) in the famous Church of St. Ludmila. But happiness did not last long – war and its pitfalls played their part. Her mother’s first husband died in March 1941. As a chief of the anti-Nazi organization, he had taken potassium cyanide before being questioned by the Gestapo, to protect his loved ones and not reveal the names of anyone. Young Zdenka was struggling with great pain, sadness and fear, as well as her unfulfilled desire for a child. Her father, Jan Pokorny, the main director of Hypotecni Banka in Prague, took over the situation. He introduced his daughter to Vaclav Peska, whom she married shortly thereafter, and in October 1942. their only child was born: the daughter Jana Peskova (Sedlmajerova). From, birth she was surrounded by beauty, refinement and elegance. She didn’t have to share her child’s room with anyone. It was beautiful with an inlaid coffered ceiling where, as a little girl, she imagined and looked for pictures in the wood. Perhaps it was during this period that her passion and sense of art were born. As it happens in life, nothing is perfect, even though it often appears so outwardly. In the fairy-tale world, something fundamental was missing, something that had nothing to do with expensive furniture, carpets or luxury dresses.

Jana was ten years old when she had to cope with the loss of her father, who died in 1952 after questioning by the state police. Her mother thus lost her second husband. She was overwhelmed by these events, so Jana was forced to mature early and take on a large part of her mother’s duties. She took advantage of her gift of beauty, which was given to her by fate. At the age of sixteen, she became a model to help with the livelihood of the family. Photographers liked to take pictures of her, so she was not short of offers. She was very photogenic and had the gift of looking different with each photo shoot. Later she got into the film industry and appeared in more than twenty movies and several series. She has worked with many legendary actors and directors. And she remains in the memory of many as a successful model and actress of the 60s and 70s.

She managed to combine several professions simultaneously, and throughout her life, she has primarily been a designer.  She has managed to combine two things together – the job she loved that brought her joy and the one she also needed because of the money for her family. But in the end, all the jobs were great for her because they led her to her current paintings. She thus managed, by combining several professions, to combine the enjoyable and the useful simultaneously. She always knew internally that the roles of model and actress were temporary.

She couldn’t complain about the lack of attention of men. Rather, she refused their offers. She has been married twice in her life. None of the marriages survived because of different life priorities. In the end, Jana decided to walk life on her own, but not in solitude.

The professions of designer, model and actress have led Jana Sedlmajerova to create today’s paintings with positive energy, which she named Jewelry on the Wall. The paintings are purely handmade and without using any modern technologies. The paintings are created under the guidance of intuition by airbrush technique. Their uniqueness is underlined by the jewelry embedded in the pictures. And as the author adds, the jewelry on the wall is for everyone who understands the depth of the content in the pictures. In addition to creating pictures, Jana also works as a therapist and regularly organizes seminars. A book “The Detective of My Life” has been published about her life, which explains the meaning of the word “mirroring” based on her life story. She was awarded the Franz Kafka Medal and František Kupka Prize for her work as a designer