Katherine Nelson

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My Bio


I was born in the Hague, Holland and spent 15 years living abroad in Holland, Germany, Turkey, and Belgium. I earned a BS in Art Education at Skidmore College and an MA in Drawing from SUNY Albany. I have exhibited drawings in many venues in the US and internationally. My work has been featured in both print and film media including: Artist/actress for a Carolina's Healthcare commercial, ABC's Extreme Makeover, a Palais de Tokyo Museum artist workshop documentary, a short film created by the HUB for my solo exhibition at the United States Embassy in Brussels, and national poetry magazine Willow Springs. I have taught art to all ages for over 20 years in workshops, private school, and public school.  My most recent work includes painted fiberglass sculpture which was exhibited at The National Cathedral in Washington, DC  and St. John the Divine Cathedral in NYC in 2014.

My primary medium is charcoal which I find to be incredibly fascinating and forgiving. I enjoy the process of additive and subtractive drawing techniques to arrive at a completed image in which texture is achieved through a good deal of patience. Charcoal allows me to express the dramatic lights and shadows found in the landscape using high contrast. The flexibility of charcoal gives me the opportunity to explore both softness and edge in my drawings. 


  • 19 Mar 2015
  • Artist Workshop 2015 on Beautiful Whidbey Island September 2015

    Katherine Nelson's September 14-18, 2015 Artist Workshop: Discovering The Dramatic Charcoal Landscape On Beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. ALL Drawing Levels Welcome.

    Join me for an exciting and inspiring five day drawing workshop. Develop a new direction in your drawings while exploring the dramatic, fluid, and textural world of charcoal through the landscape on world famous Whidbey Island. All art levels are welcome to attend this workshop.  Whether you are just starting out in drawing or have been working in charcoal or another medium for some time, you will have the opportunity to grow artistically in the fascinating and forgiving medium of charcoal. Artist demos, discussions, plenty of drawing exploration, and group critique time provided every day. I have enjoyed teaching over 10,000 students at every level of art instruction.  September 14-18, 2015. The workshop runs from 9am-4pm daily with a lunch on your own during break time. Tuition $625. A detailed description of objectives and the link for registration for my workshop can be found at The Pacific Northwest Art School.

    Enjoy paradise on Whidbey Island on your free time after class. Grab your sketchbook, camera, and workshop friends to explore a bit on your own time.  Coupeville and surrounding areas offer world class accommodations, restaurants, galleries, land and sea activities. Sample some of the famed Penn Cove mussels. Land, sea, and inspiration!