My name is Caiti Rose. I'm a coffee-loving, shark-obsessed, happy vegan artist with the goal of altering the misconceptions surrounding sharks and other Ocean life.
Sharks and I go way back! I was born without the use of my right arm/hand (Erb's Duchenne Palsy). Luckily, when I turned one, my fingers moved for the first time. At that point, a physical therapist was holding a marker in my hand as part of the recovery process. Needless to say, the drawings of sharks showed up a few years later! I'll always have limited range of motion and my arm will never bend straight, but I don't let it hold me back! Special thanks to my parents for treating me like every other kid out there and for fueling my passion for art since I was a toddler. I think I was the only child trying to use high-end graphic design markers for my scribbles... :-D
When I turned 30 (in 2014) everything seemed to 'click'. I finally saw the emotional connection my sharks have with the outside world. By October of 2014, after a deep conversation with my friend Katie, "Sharktopia" was the new name I was creating under. I have to send special thanks into the Universe to her (and her family) for always believing in me from the very beginning as well!
Through my art, I raise awareness about harsh topics such as: shark finning, plastic pollution, bycatch/overfishing, etc. I've provided 50+ FREE coloring pages on my site to help spread the awareness even further. Dive in, swim around, create a masterpiece of your own, and help the world see just how important sharks really are! You can find all of those on the Downloads page!
Want to read about my favorite shark, the creation process, and more? Head over to the full Q&A Session I had with Sharks4Kids! Click here to read more: https://www.sharks4kids.com/single-post/2019/04/10/Meet-Artist-and-Creator-of-Sharkopia-Caiti-Rose
Donations allow me to continue focusing on the non-profit side of what I do; offering so many free coloring pages and activities to help spread the message of conservation and awareness around the world! Head over to my DOWNLOADS page to check out all the freebies!
To read more about making a donation, please head over to my DONATE page! XO