We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Rosepapa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, why did you pursue a creative career?
As far back as I can remember I always loved creating things. Easily bored, I found peace and meaning through art and design. In college I felt that I should have pursued something ‘more important’, such as business. My dad was a successful businessman and I felt the pressure of performance. However I did not have the interest for a ‘practical’ career. I had a dream about being an Illustrator and was inspired by great Illustrators of the past. I went to school in California and had friends in the studios that designed backdrops and characters.
At that time, there were few women in the creative field. I struggled with finding where I fit with an art degree. However, soon after I graduated college I was hired into a well-known publishing company in California as a book designer. This launched my career.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started my business, Rosepapa Creative LLC in 2008 in Arizona. Prior to this I lived in Seattle and worked for a variety of companies marketing departments providing branding, print and web design.
With young kids at home, I wanted a way to be there for the kids and have more control over my schedule. With an interest in the creative and the technical, I went back to school in the evening to learn web design. The timing on starting my business in Arizona was not the best. It was right as the economy took a plunge. However I was very optimistic and got involved in a lot of networking groups.
I’ve learned over the years that it is really about the connections and the people. Though I really love to work behind the scenes building websites and branding for companies, I’ve had to challenge myself again and again to step out of my comfort zone.
Outside of business I’m involved in the local arts and have had the opportunity to be involved in several gallery shows. I also enjoy teaching art workshops.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Gilbert now for the last 13 years I’ve seen so much growth! The first place I would start with a best friend visiting for the first time would be a breakfast in one of the trendy Gilbert restaurants. Snooze is one of my favorites. From there we would hit the road – early – to get to the Salt River to see the magnificent wild horses. I’ve taken a few people there, and know the spots where the horses can be seen. Everyone always comments on how beautiful and iconic the wild horses are. A must do while in Arizona!
After an outdoor trip of wild horse viewing, we would drive back towards the city for a stop at Merchant Square in Chandler. Everyone I’ve taken there loves browsing the variety of antiques. All this site-seeing works up an appetite and the American Way Cafe located on the property will give my friend an authentic taste of BBQ.
Back to Gilbert for an afternoon stroll around the downtown area and then happy hour at Postino’s.
Each day of the week, in the winter and spring, there are a variety of places to visit. The Mesa Arts Center would be another stop at the top of my list for a show or musical. One of the many outdoor craft and art fairs to explore is a must. The Olive Mill in Queen Creek is another favorite for great food. With beautiful weather, you’ll find me on the road showing visitors unique places to see Arizona history and some of the best Southwest food.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Growing in my creative career, gaining confidence and taking risks has been a result of encouragement and mentorship by others. I gain a lot of encouragement in my Facebook groups and organizations that are industry specific, and also encouragement through friends. Once such friend and client is Kelly. She’s a smart businesswoman who has offered a lot of insights and encouragement into my business over the past couple years.
Other: My Blog website for artists: https://artanddesigninspiration.com/