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Schehera Van Dyk was born in 1966 in Bellingham, WA, but soon moved to the Minneapolis area with her family where she grew up until the age of 8. In 1974 her family moved to Bolinas, CA, where she spent the rest of her childhood.

Since she could hold a pen or a brush, Schehera has been a passionate artist. Nature and the environment around her inspire her work. In her young adult years she went to the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, and then moved back to Minneapolis where she attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. After Minneapolis Schehera lived in New Mexico, mostly in Santa Fe. She returned to Bolinas, where she currently lives with her husband and son.

Always following her own inspiration, Schehera has taught herself to work in many mediums creating her unique style. Those mediums range from acrylic murals, paintings on silk and velvet, painted ceramic tile, vases, plates and other dishware to the designing of greeting cards and hand painted boxes.

The artist is influenced by Native American designs, inspired by her years in New Mexico, as well as by Asian, Celtic and other ancient tribal motifs and shapes. She draws from many sources and creates her own woven carpet of animals, figures, nature, and stylized patterns.

Aside from creating art, Schehera is also currently studying Ayurvedic medicine and other holistic methods of healing, works as a substitute art teacher for the Bolinas Stinson School and sometimes as an instructor for the Bolinas Summer Camp Arts program.

Schehera's work has been shown in Bolinas before and she participates annually in various fairs and events such as the Winter Fair and the Bolinas Arts and Garden Show. Her piece "The Mountain Lion and Mermaid" may be seen as part of the Downtown Bolinas Murals project.