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Monika Rossa Wheatley was born in 1960 in Warsaw, Poland. She grew up under the communist regime, in a home of her successful professional parents. Always interested in painting and writing, she wanted to pursue her studies in art. This, under the regime became even more difficult, since Rossa Wheatley was working against the regime, in so-called democratic opposition. In 1981 she left Poland, and came to the West, mostly to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. One month after she left, her mother died. It made it even more difficult for Rossa Wheatley to cooperate with the fact, that she couldn't go back to her family in those difficult times; the Marshal Law in Poland prevented " unnecessary trips"
A couple of years later she got married and came with her husband from Western Europe to the USA. She never planned to come to America, so she had to start from scratch, like for example by learning English, which was already her fifth language to learn.
In the marriage that lasted twenty years, Rossa Wheatley had five children. All this time she not only took care of them in a very fundamental way, but also wrote books for them, was teaching them music and art and languages. In the meantime, she took care of her artistic career; Rossa's paintings were displayed around the world, in different museums and galleries.
She is still professional artist. She paints and she writes l, like she always wanted to. Only that now, when the children are gone, she " can do it better and slower".
And it is not only for her children anymore. It is for all the children.
Monika Rossa Wheatley lives and works in Tucson, AZ.