Nia Black Belt Teacher / Artist, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Art Teacher / Writer / Equestrian Education Instructor / Nia & Horses Specialty Application creator and instructor

 “Whether I am making art, riding horses, dancing  or teaching Nia I approach each as an expressive art form that can be communicated, learned and enjoyed. Inspiring others to realize their joy of self-expression through movement, equestrian and and art is, perhaps, one of the greatest accomplishments I will make as an artist and 
as a human being in my lifetime.”
—Randee Fox

Current Objectives
• To continue to develop my Nia and equestrian educational center which is now incorporating The Nia Technique for equestrians and horse lovers.
• To continue teaching The Nia Technique as Nia Educator
• To continue my life’s work as an artist, illustrator and designer.
• To continue to receive gallery representation as fine artist.
• To continue my active involvement in humanistic community volunteer endeavors.

Professional Fitness Background

I am a Nia Black Belt Teacher, teaching Nia fitness classes and playshops since 2004. I am also certified to teach Nia Moving to Heal, Nia Five Stages and Nia 52 Moves as well as Classic Nia classes

I am an excellent Nia events producer and has produced and hosted over 40 events for Nia Trainers since 2005. I served as a business consultant to Jeff Stewart, Nia’s CEO and have designed promotional materials as well as having written stories for the Nia newsletter. I headed a global Nia effort to raise over $32,000.00 among the Nia community of teachers for Hurricane Katrina survivors by inspiring and encouraging Nia Bayou Boogie benefit classes across the world. 

2004- Present: Nia Black Belt 2004 - present: Teaches Nia at Bellevue Family YMCA, Sammamish Family YMCA and Blue Heron Ranch
2011 - 2013: Nia teacher for Community Fitness in Seattle 
2008: Taught at Vashon Allied Arts dance studio
2005-present: Owner and lead instructor of Blue Heron Ranch Moving Arts Studio
2004 - 2006: Taught at Columbia Athletic Pine Lake and Kirkland Dance Center
2006 - 2007: Taught at Mercer Island Community Center
1968 - 1975 : Lifeguard and swimming instructor

Fox has taught hundreds of people about the joys of having a Nia practice in their lives. She also has mentored her Nia White Belt graduates, helping them create successful careers as Nia teachers. 

My professional art and writing career spans since 1978 years as a fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, web designer, art director, and college art instructor. I offer a wide range of artistic and journalistic expertise as well as teaching, training, leadership and team building skills. I have been a horsemanship instructor since 1997 and a Nia Technique instructor since 2004. All three avenues, art, Nia and equestrian education, have brought me immense satisfaction and success.


1970: Graduated with honors as an Art Major – Venice High School, Venice, CA
1970-71: Received high school scholarship to attend Art Center, College of Design in Los Angeles
1982: San Francisco Art Institute to study printmaking
1990: The Poynter Institute to study journalism design and illustration
2003: Bellevue Arts and Crafts School to study sculpture
2004-present: The Nia Technique to study and receive certifications in White, Blue, Green, Brown, Black Belt and Nia Faculty Trainer, Nia Five Stages Teacher, Nia Moving To Heal teacher and Nia 52 Moves Teacher.

Illustration, Design,  Art and Training Career

1998-present: Illustrator and writer for America’s Horse, The Quarter Horse Journal, The Racing Journal, Texas Thoroughbred Magazine
1997 - 1998: Consultant for web redesign Cox Interactive
1998-2002: Adjunct Professor Illustration Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
Taught Illustration Concepts, an advanced illustration course within the college’s Visual Communication Design Department. Was involved with students’ portfolio review and helping with professional placement. 
1996 – 1997: Managing Art Director of News and Interactive, MSNBC Interactive, Redmond, Washington - helped with startup of MSNBC.
1988 – 1996: News Artist/Graphic Journalist/ Page Designer and Illustrator, Art Director Special Projects The Seattle Times Company, Seattle, Washington
1987 – 1988: News Artist, Illustrator, The Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington
1986 – 1987: Art Director, Production Manager, The Sun Weekly, Santa Cruz, California
1984 – 1986: Art Director, Production Manager, Community Spirit Magazine, Carmel, California
1982 – 1984: Art Director, Studio Dance Revue, Santa Cruz and San Francisco, California
1974-1978: The Gap Stores, Inc.: Managed and operated Beverly Hills Gap Store and was promoted to Corporate Training Projects Manager, designing and implementing sales and management training modules for The Gap Stores internationally.

Fine Art Shows and Exhibitions

2010 – presently showing: Bass Fine Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009: Four Woman Show: Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon Island, WA
2008: Up Front Gallery, Issaquah, WA
2007: Island Artist Show: Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon Island, WA
Up Front Gallery, Issaquah, WA
Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon Island, WA
Up Front Gallery, Issaquah, WA
2006: Washington State Thoroughbred Foundation’s Equine Art Show
2nd Place Anishinabe Dream Horses Award for Mixed Media
2003: AQHA World Show Art show
Commissioned artist to show with sculptor, Marita McMillan
2003 - 2005: Installation-American Quarter Horse Heritage Museum
2002: Commissioned artist to participate with “Hoofprints of the American Quarter Horse”. Fox was invited, along with 19 other nationally recognized artists, to be a part of this exhibit.
2001: Annarella Gallery, Georgetown, TX
1997: Wildfire Gallery, Georgetown, TX
1982: UCSC Library Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
1979: Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA
1978: Morrell Morrell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1977: Santa Monica Arts Festival

Fine art, illustration and design awards
2002 - 2006: 2 First Places, 1 Second Place and 2 Honorable Mention illustration awards for American Horse Publications;
2006: 1 Second Place for Mixed Media in Washington State Thoroughbred Foundation's Equine Art 2006 Show;
1990 - 1996: 2 Silvers, 8 Awards of Excellence in design, illustration, graphics from Society of Newspaper Design, Reston, Virginia;
1 Second Place, 1 third place in design and illustration from Society of Professional Journalists, Pacific Northwest Chapter.

Journalism art awards

1990: Pulitzer Prize - artist team member
Fox participated and contributed as the lead breaking news graphics journalist on Seattle Times Pulitzer Prize award-winning team reporting on Exxon Valdez oil spill as well as graphics coordinator on Seattle Times Stokes Award and Pulitzer Prize award-winning special report on oil tankers.
1991: Stokes Award – artist team member

Art teaching awards and grants

2002: Awarded the NISOD teaching excellence award for her work with Austin Community College students with her class’s response project for the terrorism acts of 9/11/2001
Read story here

1992: City of Seattle Arts Commission Artist in the Schools Grant
Awarded grant to teach illustration for one year at Cleveland High School, Seattle, Washington.

Fox’s college student’s art awards
1998 - 2002: Fox’s Austin Community College illustration students received ten regional design and illustration awards through Austin Advertising Federation, Southwest Texas State Creative Summit Awards and AIGA Top Dog Awards.

Fox’s college student’s art installations
2001: The United Nations General Assembly Lobby
2001: UN international traveling poster show ending in Oslo, Norway to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Nobel Peace Prize.
2002: Austin City Hall as a part of the city’s Art in Public Places program.

Equestrian Educator and owner of Blue Heron Ranch – Educating Humans for Horses

1997 - present: Owner and head instructor of Blue Heron Ranch – Educating Humans for Horses
Fox has taught literally hundreds of people how to communicate with, care for, handle and safely ride horses since early 1997. She has trained six horses to be excellent and safe teachers. Her program is run progressively with a focus on education and compassion.
She has been teaching Nia & Horses classes and workshops since 2006 - an educational program combining the practice of Nia with horses. Learn more here

Community Service and Volunteer Activities

2013 - Present: Member of the board of advisors for Rainier Therapeutic Riding
2000 - 2012: Volunteer Big Sister for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of King County, WA and Williamson County, TX. I mentored three Little Sisters.
2004 - Present: Volunteer community leader for NiaSeattle as a graphic designer and web designer, meeting facilitator, mentor to new White Belt Teachers, promotional activities and mediator.
2002 – 2003: Volunteer horse handler, artist/designer for Little bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Woodinville, WA
1999 - 2002: Board of Directors, Ride on Center For Kids, a therapeutic riding center for people with special needs, Georgetown, Tx
1998 - 2002: Board of Advisors and grant writer for ASAP, After School Action Program, Georgetown ISD, TX. As a board member I participated in designing and writing a grant to bring area artists to the schools to teach art with the after school program.
1997 - 2002: Board of Advisors, The Georgetown Project, Georgetown, TX, a non-profit program to assist in the welfare of the lives of children.
1997 - 1999: Therapy Pet Pals of Texas, volunteer pet-assisted therapist with my therapy dog, Bagley.

Interests and Hobbies
Enjoying my horses, studying art and dance, enjoying nature, cycling, hiking, swimming, playing the flute and piano, cooking, playing with my yellow lab, watching films, going to galleries, museums, theatre, reading, traveling and spending quality time with my spouse, family and friends.