ABOUT SHERYL BEARMAN

  • I am an adventurous author, illustrator and artist who lives
    off the grid, on an island, in the rain forest.

      My husband, Gary and I, are proud of our
    choice to leave a small footprint and utilize solar power and rain catchment.
    Living in the jungle does have some challenges, but it is well worth it.

    When I am not out diving, snorkeling, or kayaking with my
    dogs, Margarita and Lili, you can usually find me in my studio, writing, painting,
    or creating. 

    I also create tropical watercolor and driftwood paintings,
    as well as fine art photography.  I operate a local gallery in Bocas
    del Toro, Panama.
    You can find me in my studio or visit my websites

    My children and I had very different experiences with books
    as kids.  As a Child, I hated to
    read.  I had headaches and
    struggled.  My best friend in high school
    actually read my English class novels to me. 
    She did not remember that until I recently reminded her.  It was not until much later in life that I
    realized I was dyslexic.  I could always
    read at a high level.  I just hated
    it.  Words that I thought looked OK were
    spelled wrong and words that look totally wrong to me were indeed correct.  I still struggle with this everyday.

           I do however,
    have very fond memories of reading time with my children. We curled up in bed
    or on the couch almost every night to read. Early on, we read numerous
    wonderful children’s picture books, and even years later, as young adults, and
    quite advanced readers by then, I would catch a glimpse of my children
    rereading their old picture books.  The
    power and pure joy of those early reading experiences and illustrations are
    quite remarkable.

    I hope my books stimulate your children’s imagination and
    encourage a lifelong love for reading.

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