Rox Corbett was born in 1956 in Ontario, Canada. Her family moved to Connecticut when she was 18 months old and back to Canada when she was fourteen. Her father was a musician who aspired to a concert career, but he had five children to feed, and instead made his living selling pipe organs to churches and cathedrals all over Canada and the U.S. Rox’s mother’s interests, besides her children, were all things in nature and the family shared their home with dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, snapping turtles, box turtles, foxes, skunks and the occasional injured raptor. Rox credits her artistic ability to her father, and her interest in animals, both wild and domestic, to her mother. She drew animals all the time, but thought that she wanted to be a veterinarian.
Unable to choose between art and science, Rox spent several years travelling. She finally chose art, and graduated with honors from Concordia University, Montreal with a BFA in graphic design and illustration, at the age of 27. After graduation Rox was not ready for an urban life and ran away to sea. She spent the next twenty years doing marine mammal research, and is where she acquired her nickname (her given name is Harriet). She maintained her connection with nature and continued doing art; illustrating books, brochures and posters for marine mammal research organizations. Rox attributes her indecision to being a Gemini.
In 1991, an artist residency at the Ucross Foundation in northern Wyoming brought Rox back to art, and also introduced her to the ranching lifestyle. She got to know the local ranchers, was invited to participate in ranch activities, and began using charcoal to portray western culture. Rox finally found a place to call home, and moved to Wyoming full-time in 1993. Since then her subject matter has remained mostly western, but has expanded to include more wildlife. She has been pursuing her art full-time in gallery exhibitions and nationally recognized museum shows since 2008, garnering numerous awards. Most important to her is the accurate depiction of the expression and “soul” of the animals she draws, and to focus on texture, composition and unexpected cropping as a way of portraying them.
Rox lives on a ranch on the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River near Cody, Wyoming with her husband and other assorted animals, both domestic and wild.