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About Christopher Cox

Christopher Cox Dr. Christopher Anthony Cox is among the few recognized wildlife artists in the Caribbean.

Christopher was born in Toronto, Canada on May 21, 1967, to a St. Lucian father and Jamaican mother. At the age of 5 he and his family returned to St. Lucia where he currently resides with his wife and 3 children.

He attended St. Mary's College from 1978 to 1983 and under the tutelage of Luigi St. Omer (son of renowned St. Lucian artist Dustan St. Omer), was among the founding members of the St. Mary's College Art Troupe in 1978. While at school Christopher claimed several titles from competitions, both nationally and internationally (including the Cable & Wireless art competition, the FAO World Food Day poster competition, International Taiwanese Children's art competition). Following St. Mary's he went on to the St. Lucia 'A' Level College (now the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College).

In 1985, Christopher joined the Forestry Division where he was assigned tour guide duty on the Central Rainforest Trail, among the first eco-tourism sites on St. Lucia. It was then that he started painting wildlife and environmental themes, assisting in production of environmental education material for the Forestry Division. In 1987, he went on the University of New Brunswick (Canada) to pursue a 5-year BSc degree in Forest Resources Management. During these years did very little artwork except to compete in a competition hosted by the university in which he won first prize.

On returning to St. Lucia he became Assistant Chief Forestry Officer (Operations) where he specialized in watershed management. He integrated this work into a Masters degree (1997) followed by a PhD degree (2003) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In 2002 he was appointed Chief Agricultural Planning Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2005, he joined the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) where he currently holds the position of Programme Director. CEHI is the CARICOM agency responsible for environmental issues in the Caribbean region.

Over the years, countless hours of fieldwork in some of the most remote forests on the island awakened his appreciation for the stunning diversity of plants and animals. His keen interest in environmental conservation has been the inspiration behind his work. Christopher has exhibited many times at the M&C Fine Arts competition, claiming prizes in various categories including overall winner of the Visual Category, 1st Prize for painting, Popular Choice award, and a special award of recognition. His work has been exhibited in local galleries and has been featured in many environmental education publications including the regional Caribbean Conservation Association bird poster series Birds of Our Island, and the St. Lucia National Trust A-Z of St. Lucia Wildlife. One of his St. Lucia Parrot pieces is featured in A Guide to the Birds of the West Indies (1998) published by Princeton University Press.

Christopher works primarily in watercolour and acrylic, sometimes combining the two media to capture the subtlety of birds' plumages and the muted play of light and shadow in the forest environment. He is best known for his realistic interpretations of local flora and fauna drawing inspiration from wildlife artists that include Robert Bateman, Don R. Eckelberry and John James Audubon.

His last exhibition entitled 'Nature through an artist's eyes' was held in March 2005 at the Alliance Francaise in Castries, St. Lucia.