author/painter cheryl blaydon

Cheryl Blaydon

artist, author

After twenty-plus years as a painter, Cheryl’s portfolio has expanded to include her fifth novel. Hailing from upstate New York, she has worked in big business, sailed boats in the Caribbean and traveled through many European countries. Working from her East Boothbay studio, Cheryl continues to exhibit her oil paintings during Boothbay Region Art Foundation seasonal shows, as well as year-round at Boothbay Harbor Framers’ Gallery. Her work is an extension of her passion for the sea and the vibrant charm of the Maine coast and its people.

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author/painter cheryl blaydon

Cheryl Blaydon

artist, author

An artist for twenty plus years, Cheryl’s portfolio has expanded to include three novels. Whether painting or writing, her subjects reflect her ancestral ties and her passion for the sea. Hailing from upstate New York, she has worked in big business, sailed boats in the Caribbean and traveled through many countries in Europe. Adding to that, art classes in Florida and plein air workshops on the coast of Maine, and many of her experiences eventually turned into a series of oils on canvas. Her artwork is exhibited in season at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and year-round at Fore Street Gallery, Portland, and Boothbay Harbor Framers’ Gallery. In 2009 Cheryl began to research her maternal roots, a hobby which eventually led to her first book and a brand new passion for writing. She has since delved into those hardy Mainers that make up her paternal clan, and with the easel set off to one side of her East Boothbay studio, she is presently working on her fourth novel.

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Dancing at the Colony

Two women, two generations, two weddings. Dancing at the Colony takes the reader through the lives of strong Maine women, the bonds of deep friendship, DNA discoveries, and love with a twist.

"Cheryl Blaydonʹs prose crackles in this insightful tale of life, love, and secrets on the coast of Maine. Two women, from very different generations, plan a wedding. One is haunted by her past and what might have been, while the younger one seeks the promise of a new beginning. Dancing at the Colony is a wonderful read.ʺ

—BRUCE ROBERT COFFIN, Agatha Nominee and bestselling author of the Detective Byron Mysteries.

"Someone once said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, that person obviously never read Cheryl Blaydon’s Dancing at the Colony. Hazel, the protagonist, Ellis, the main character and the ancillary characters are so well drawn they will come to life before your eyes and you will feel as if you’ve known them for years. You will share in their restless sea of emotions and undercurrents of life’s private indiscretions. A consummate wordsmith, Blaydon paints such rich, robust word pictures you will feel the ocean spray on your face and taste the salt in the breeze. The story is steeped in nostalgia and the sense of urgency that comes with aging. The good thing about getting older is that you’ve seen it all, lived it all, felt it all—and now you can take a moment to share what you’ve learned".

—JAMES D.A. TERRY, Chasing the Wendigo

Beyond the Ledge

"Beyond the Ledge reprises the age-old story of star-crossed lovers, but in a new way unique to its author, Cheryl Blaydon. What I admired most was how it moved between the foggy Maine coast and the warm hills of Tuscany, and in a parallel way between the hidden feelings and steamy passions of its compelling main characters, Prudence and Nick. Written by an artist, with an artist’s eye for the telling detail, Beyond the Ledge is an irresistible read full of earthy color, action and desire." —JIM NICHOLS, author of Closer All the Time



The Heart of Stone

“The Heart of Stone bridges three generations and is an affectionately accurate depiction of coastal Maine and its people. Cheryl Blaydon’s artist eye coupled with strong, lyrical prose allows the reader guided entrance into Oyster Cove in a way that will resonate with both visitors and natives of Maine. Blaydon’s characters are real, the book enjoyable and believable and skillfully strikes all the right chords in this human drama of romance, redemption and intrigue. The Heart of Stone is a great and satisfying read.” —LINDA GREENLAW, author of The Lobster Chronicles

"The charm and eccentricities of Hannah’s cottage—a strange mix of Victorian and God knows what—have made her laugh and cry and at times nearly brought Prudence to her knees. The commemorative treasure (like a smooth stone left in sunlight), the one with the man’s photo inside, is continually around her neck just as it was Hannah’s, the quest for his identity never from Pru’s thoughts."

The Memory Keepers

"A lovely story told with charm and grace. Cheryl Blaydon is a gifted painter but her writer's palette colors her memories and brings to life the wonderful characters who inhabit them. This is a memorable memoir." —Gerry Boyle, crime novelist and author of Port City Black and White.

"The melodic strings of music came floating outward on a warm summer-like breeze along with that of rosemary wafting off the freshly baked flatbreads and the light fragrance of verbena and azaleas that were in bloom."

Island Odyssey

"Blaydon provides us with engaging descriptions of life, love and adventure on the Island of St. Margeaux. From landscape to seascape, herprose is both thoughtful and thought provoking. A contemporary story of friendships, journeys and romance as well as an emotional story of anxiety, sorrow and hope." --Maria Coletta McLean, author of My Father Came From Italy.

"The propellers slice through the cotton-candy cloud blanketing the coast, at first exposing just enough to get a glimpse of the island before revealing a sliver of blue water that surrounds Puerto Rico."

Published by North Country Press , Unity, ME

Panel 2 : Travels

CHAIRS IN THE OLIVE GROVE
(featured in the memory keepers)
oil on linen
12 x 14 inches

COLORS OF ITALY
oil on linen
14 x 15 inches

BEPPE'S DAILY JOURNEY (SOLD)
oil on linen
16 x 20 inches

GENTLE BREEZES (SOLD)
oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches

TUSCAN VISTA
oil on linen
12 x 14 inches

ROUNDING THE CORNER (SOLD)
oil on linen
10 x 8 inches

Panel 3 : Coastal Art

PASSING MONHEGAN (SOLD)
oil on linen/board
20 x 16 inches

ON THE ROCKS - OCEAN POINT
oil on linen/board
14 x 18 inches

Panel 4 : Maine Scenes

BACK IN TIME
oil on linen/board
20 x 16 inches

PORTSIDE (SOLD)
oil
8 x 10 inches

LIGHT ON MILL POND (SOLD)
oil on linen
10 x 8 inches

SUMMER LIGHT
oil on linen
14 x 11 inches

LIGHT AND SHADOW
oil on linen
9 x 12 inches

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