Berit Jarama Estabrook, born in Mexico of Peruvian and Norwegian parents, grew up in Sweden. She then moved to Austria and presently lives in the Virginia with her family. Her multi cultural background made for a lifelong exploration of roots and identity. Wild nature has made her feel at home wherever she is, and the animals in her life have always felt like immediate family.
As a child art was always present, since her father was a painter. When she saw Frida Kahlo’s work in 1982 at the Kulturhuset in Stockholm, it ignited her dream to become a painter. Some other painters that inspire her present work are Rick Bartow, Kay Walkingstick, Per Kirkeby, Nathan Oliveira and Elmer Bischoff. The writers, Joanna Macy and Eleanor O’Hanlon are great minds within animal conservation and animal advocacy that also inspire her work.