‚ÄčCheryl of bath art

I do color pencil drawings, usually of animals. Animals are important to us and we love to interact with them, whether they are acting true to their instincts or  doing something that strikes us as human. This connection helps me to communicate emotionally through my work. I believe that animals have souls, so I start each drawing by doing their eyes first. If the eyes are not right, I know that the piece will not work, so I rip it up and start again.

Each drawing tells a little story, which might come naturally to me, having published four young adult fantasy books to date, and drawn animals for the first draft covers, based on the book's theme.

I am a BFA graduate from University of Southern Maine, majoring in Art and English. I show my work in the summers at Sebascodegan Gallery in Harpswell and at various galleries and venues the rest of the year. I call myself an obsessively creative person because I like to garden, sew clothes and home furnishings, refinish furniture, cook fancy candy and cookies, write poems and skits, in addition to my artwork and writing. I see the different creative outlets strengthening my imagination and my drawings as a whole.

I have relatives that helped settle the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell Maine in the 1700's, so I am a true native Mainer. I grew up in an old house bought by great grandfather, which is still in the family, 6 generations later. My family raised different domestic animals such as goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, cats and dogs. We also briefly cared for a great horned owl, wild rabbits, and a raccoon. As a kid, we were visited regularly by a female moose that was usually accompanied by a calf each spring. The house was across from my cousin's farm, where they raised cows and horses lived in the neighborhood, so I had a lot of exposure to animals.

I now live in Bath Maine with my husband, son, and two Maine Coon cats.