Volunteer and CSO Board member, Nills Anderson presents his stained glass portrait of Rosie, the manatee to Park Manager Kimberlee Tennille.

Wildlife Park Volunteer Creates Stained Glass Portrait of Rosie, the Manatee

Nills Anderson, a transportation volunteer at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and stained glass artist has created a beautiful portrait of Rosie, the much-loved manatee who passed away in December 2015 after a long life of 50 years or more. He wanted to memorialize Rosie who was known as the Matriarch of the manatees at Homosassa Springs.

Image caption:  Volunteer and CSO Board member, Nills Anderson presents his stained glass portrait of Rosie, the manatee to Park Manager Kimberlee Tennille.

Anderson had been taking stained glass classes at Cubby’s Art Studio in Inverness when he decided that his next project would be a portrait of Rosie. He created his own pattern and after several design revisions, he looked for just the right pieces of glass to portray the manatee and surrounding spring water.  The project took several months to complete and Cubby’s Art Studio featured the finished portrait of Rosie on their Facebook page. Anderson presented his finished portrait to Park Manager Kimberlee Tennille for the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

As a park volunteer, Anderson has contributed over 500 hours of service in the transportation department driving boats and trams. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.