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Speaker Profile - Sheryl Bearman

Illustrator and Writer

Region: Southern Breeze (AL, GA, and the FL panhandle)
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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.