Rose Cricchio

Art Educator

A native of Central California’s Monterey Peninsula, Rose is a talented self-taught artist and charismatic free spirit. Drawn to creative expression from an early age, she began writing poetry as a young girl and, as a teen, experimented with sketching, painting, and theater performance.  As a young adult, she captured the beauty of nearby Carmel, Big Sur, and the Santa Cruz Mountains through her photography. Rose’s artistic disposition and intuitive nature are complemented by a background in team development and corporate management, including a long stint with animation and retail giant Warner Bros. Ever the child at heart, she says she could not resist the prospect of working for Bugs Bunny.

In 2000, Rose left the corporate world to raise her family. She credits her children, who are often the subject of her photographic works, with reigniting her creative fire. Over the years, she has captured moments of their lives using imaginative photo compositing and digital illustration that invite the viewer to share in her wonder.

In 2004, Rose began formal studies in Graphic Design. Once her children began attending school, she put her artistic and leadership skill sets to use as a parent volunteer at Westlake Hills Elementary. There she spent six years leading and teaching art in the classroom as an Art Trek docent.  In 2014, she joined the Art Trek team as an Art Educator.  In July 2016, Rose accepted an opportunity to bring Art Trek to a summer program in Guilin, Guangxi, China.  She credits it with being a truly rewarding and magical experience.

Rose's assemblage of creative outlets continues to grow. She is currently the owner of LunaBleu Design, a venue for her handcrafted natural stone jewelry, and LunchStars, a brand of creative and eco-friendly trivia cards she designed for children.  In the fall of 2017, she will be putting her talent to use once again with her new shop, Camarillo-based Tomato Patch Treasures, which will offer vintage and vintage-inspired furniture, gifts, and home decor.

Her work for LunaBleuDesign and Lunchstars can be seen online and on Facebook, as well as at many local festivals and events throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.