Solita was born in Colombia but left at an early age to be educated in the United States, Spain and Switzerland. After college, she returned to Colombia, married, and raised two children and for over 20 years she taught languages at a prestigious school in the city. Her love of nature and her hobby of painting and gardening gave way to the fascinating world of bonsai, the art and life to which she has been devoted since 1993.
Solita's daily life is beside her husband Chase, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where their life is shared among family, bonsai, and friends, but she also continues to serve the bonsai community from her present position as President of the North American Bonsai Federation.
Solita has served in a number of bonsai positions, she is past President of the Asociacion Vallecaucana de Bonsai, is Chairman Emeritus of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF), is a Past President of Bonsai Clubs International (BCI). She is founding Chairman of the Latin American Bonsai Federation (FELAB) among other positions. Her credentials have taken her all around the world as a guest at International Bonsai Conventions and Events in Asia, Europe, India, South Africa, New Zealand, United States, Canada and several countries in Latin America.
Her first bonsai class was taken in Cali in 1984 but since has been fortunate to have studied with world known bonsai masters. While in Colombia, she not only maintained her personal collection, but cared for a number of extensive collections, as well as teaching the art of bonsai to young and old. In 1990 she co-authored a bonsai manual in Spanish entitled "The Essential in Bonsai."