About the Artist - Katherine Cox, BA, HTS
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and an artist without borders, Katherine “K.T.” Cox has shared her many artistic talents around the globe, inspiring others with her purposeful artistry, creative ways of engaging with nature, and gift with Divine Animal readings. She is a National Geographic Certified Educator and will serve as a mentor for the NatGeo Education Program Winter 2021 cohort. She is also a trained and certified Healing with the Arts facilitator and completed the Therapeutic Horticulture series at Portland Community College in Winter 2019. She also studied Mind-Body Medicine and Art at Evergreen State College, where she received her Bachelors degree in 2011. Please read the"Why Dolphins?" section for more information about her personal story and spiritual connection with dolphins.
Katherine organized a free Veterans & Family Community Art Show Event for low-income residents at REACH Community Development (2017) in recognition of Suicide Awareness Month to encourage de-stigmatization of mental illness, and also provided free volunteer Therapeutic Horticulture Sessions to REACH residents from 2018-2019. She participated in the Art of Care Volunteer Week at the infamous Patch Adams’ Gesundheit Institute free hospital project where she learned about humanitarian medical clowning, assisted with gardening projects, and participated in art projects for personal self-care; recognizing the importance of healing one’s self before healing others.
Katherine had her first solo artist reception and exhibition at the OHSU Student Center in April 2019 where she shared her portrait work of beloved friends and family, photography, and personal therapeutic art pieces. She received 2nd place for her "Vertical Wellness" garden design for OHSU Arts & Humanities month. She was also featured in Bellwether Review with her mixed-media painting “Loss” and charcoal portrait of her sister and niece “A Mother’s Touch" in 2018. She was a featured artist with a published article “The Art of Giving Back” for the Meta Lands Art Project, based out of Greece (2016, see article: Featured Artist on Meta Lands.) Her work has been featured in various sectors such as theater set design at A.G. West Black Hills High School (BHHS, Tumwater, 2006) and South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC, Olympia, 2010), in therapeutic workshops with The Hummingbird Proposal (Olympia, 2013), in hospital enrichment programs through the Children’s Healing Art Project (Portland, OR, 2018-2020) and Art with a Heart in Healthcare (Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL, 2016) and during her career as a teacher (Tiger Academy, Florida, 2015-16; Webb International English, Beijing, China, 2012) a creative theater intern (Creative Theater Experience, Olympia, 2004-06) and summer camp counselor (Olympia Parks, Arts, & Rec, 2007-2011 & 2013) she was also known to integrate the creative arts into her curriculum and lesson plan design.
Her work is best described as “mixed media” though she is best known for her expertise in charcoal. She often dabbles in acrylic, watercolor, collage, diorama, and graphite. Her “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” diorama project about her travels in China, Ireland, and Greece was featured at the Matrix Coffeehouse Cloud Painter’s gallery (Chehalis, WA. 2014). Some of her permanent mural work can be found at BHHS, at a hostel in Greece, and in the ongoing installation of the Oly-Rafah Mural Project in Olympia, WA.