Throughout her life as an artist and teacher in Africa, Europe, and the United States, Cheryl Berech has been impressed by the amazing ability of people to persist in the face of tremendous adversity, and the commonality of their hopes and fears. Her realistic, contemplative paintings depict figures in a symbolic relationship to their environment that invites speculation about the nature of that relationship and the internal and external conflicts that it might imply. Social issues and their impact on individuals play a key role in her art. Cheryl paints in oil, weaving a subtle tapestry of color, played against strong contrasts of light and shadow. Originally from Phoenix, she studied art at Arizona State University and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her work is in private and public collections around the world.