I am a Maine native living in Brunswick, a mother and grandmother. I retired from a career of almost 40 years in public health in 2013. I love being in Maine: the ocean, the seasonal colors, the farms, animals, birds and the many other beautiful sights provide continuous sources of inspiration for my work. As a child, I often drew animals, birds and people. I have collected photographs I liked for one reason or another my entire life, without consciously realizing why I had to have them. They now provide useful information for my paintings. In 30+ years of designing and making many quilts, I built a strong understanding of the use of color, value and design. I have had no formal art school education; I have participated in many pastel workshops and drawing classes with local and out of state artists. This has helped to build and enhance my skills and experience encouragement and support from instructors and other artists. I am very happily engaged in painting with pastels. I absolutely love the rich, beautiful colors and the versatility of the pastel painting process. The process is at once exciting, calming and centering. Becoming an artist, and being part of the Maine art community, has significantly enriched my life. I appreciate the continuous opportunities for learning and I am grateful for every chance to share my work. My work has been shown at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Riverarts Gallery in Damariscotta, Sebascodegan Gallery in Harpswell, the 10x10 Benefit Art Show in Brunswick and the Yarmouth Art Festival in Yarmouth, Maine. Some of my work can also be seen online via the Curtis Memorial Library Creative Spaces Gallery at curtiscreativespaces.com/cheryldicara I have been a member of the Pastel Society of Maine since 2013 and have participated in member shows, meetings and workshops.