Valaree Cox is an artist whose work is an expression of stories that are or have been happening in her life and the emotions that are evoked from those experiences. Those stories change as life does, but the work is recognizable as hers, no matter the subject. Valaree has been influenced by artists such as Rauschenberg, Kiefer and O’Keefe. Their works are “thrilling to be in the presence of”.

However, she has her own story to tell and that is what her mixed media paintings are doing. “I just have to paint something using a multitude of materials to express the passions I feel about a personal or social issue. It is my way of expressing those deep feelings”.

She is mostly self-taught, with the exception of workshops over the years at Pratt, North Seattle Community College, Edmonds and artEAST. She has also used her experience in glass and jewelry making to continue to inform her creativity.

Valaree currently shows here work at Clarke & Clarke Art+ Artifacts on Mercer Island and has exhibited with the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery in Kirkland and then Bellevue and with artEAST in Issaquah over the past twelve years. She also has shown at Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon.

Valaree was born in Seattle, and besides working in Alaska for six years, has always lived in this beautiful part of the state. Her home and studio are on a secluded property south of Issaquah that she shares with her musician husband.