Rosana's love of art developed at an early age. With no formal training, she was mentored by the owner of the art and craft store where she worked as a teenager after becoming fascinated by all the colors, kinds of paints and brushes. Her art remained a hobby done occasionally for her own enjoyment and that of friends who would ask for a mural for a child's bedroom or a decorated birthday cake. She has used several mediums throughout the years from Oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencils, and pastels. Her favorites varies from time to time and from subject to subject.
She visited Africa for the first time in 2005 and fell in love with the beauty, smells and sounds of the bush. She often says she was bitten by the African bug and needs a booster shot.
Since 2005 they have made countless trips to Africa visiting over 20 countries. This includes a particularly memorable 10-month overland trip done in 2012/2013 in a vehicle specially outfitted to allow them to be self-contained. In the 20,000 miles driven they were privileged to witness life in remote and wild areas. This prompted a shift in lifestyle and priorities.
Rosana has noticed first-hand the decline of wildlife in many National Parks in Africa since her first time. She felt encouraged and driven to find ways to fight the factors contributing to this decline including habitat loss and degradation due to human encroachment, poaching, hunting, wildlife trafficking and poor wildlife conservation management. She now creates her art and donate 100% to organizations protecting nature and wildlife not only in Africa but all over the world.
Rosana remains hopeful as she reflects on the words of Dr. Jane Goodall ...
“THERE IS STILL SO MUCH IN THE WORLD WORTH FIGHTING FOR. SO MUCH THAT IS BEAUTIFUL, SO MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE WORKING TO REVERSE THE HARM, TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE SUFFERING. AND SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE DEDICATED TO MAKING THIS A BETTER WORLD. ALL CONSPIRING TO INSPIRE US AND TO GIVE US HOPE THAT IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO TURN THINGS AROUND, IF WE ALL DO OUR PART.”
― DR JANE GOODALL