Simon Jacobsz. de Vlieger spent the first part of his life in Rotterdam. He married there in 1627, and was still there in 1633. In October 1634 he became a member of the guild in Delft; by 1638 he was living in Amsterdam. He later settled at Weesp, a town near Amsterdam. He painted landscapes, animals and figure subjects, but he was mainly a seascape painter. His work influenced Jan van de Cappelle and Willem van de Velde the Younger.