Wendy Rose was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. She is 73 years old. At the age of ten, sketching and painting were her favorite hobbies. Fifty-four years ago, she married her high school sweetheart. The two of them later increased their family with a daughter, son in law, and three much loved grandchildren.
By the time Wendy and her husband retired, they had lived and worked in seven different countries and visited several more. Some of her favorite overseas experiences occurred while living and teaching in Africa for five years. They would often go out looking for the giraffes and other iconic wildlife on weekends with my sketch book. She especially loved sketching the darling new baby giraffes.
Eventually, it was time to retire back to Lawrence. Among volunteering at different places, and taking care of the extended family, Wendy joined the Tuesday Painters group at the Senior Resource Center. It was there, after sharing African adventure stories with her group, that Wendy was inspired to create an acrylic painting she named “Baby Giraffe Dreams.”
Wendy’s friends at Tuesday Painters encouraged her to enter the giraffe painting in the “Art is Ageless” competition, sponsored by the local Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, which she did! Wendy was thrilled and honored when it was chosen to be on the cover of the 2023 “Art Is Ageless” calendar. She is currently adding more African-themed animal paintings to her portfolio.