Kathy Oliver Biography

Kathy is a sixth generation Texan.  Her grandfather was a rancher and gave her her first horse at age five.  She fell in love with 'Ol Jim' and a deep appreciation for the spirit of the land, animals and people was formed.  Her desire is to explore the spiritual and sacred aspects of our relationships to people, place and animals that give our lives meaning and joy.  She found the best way to express this was through her love of photography.  Kathy's photographs are created more from feeling than seeing.  She creates a photograph from an emotional connection with her subject and hopes to bring the observer of the photograph closer to her subject, creating an intimate moment where form, texture and the fine, often overlooked details can be appreciated.  

Kathy Oliver has been shooting her stunning images on Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas.  Willie is an American Icon and country music legend.  Nelson has adopted 73 horses and they now live free of trauma, peacefully on his ranch. He adopted these horses from an organization called Habitat for Horses located in Hitchcock Texas.  Habitat for Horses is a nonprofit 501c.3 organization registered in Texas. Their primary mission is to promote and secure the safety, well-being and health of horses.  They have worked with law enforcement to remove thousands of horses from dangerous situations or slaughter.  Willie has been a long advocate for the cessation of horse slaughter in the U.S.  

“Willie and his daughter Amy, allowed Jerry Fitch (founder of Habitat for Horses) to take me to photograph Willie's beautiful horses.  My commitment to them all is that I would donate my profits to Habitat for Horses for each photograph that sold from all horses on his ranch.”

Kathy Oliver Born:
Killeen, Texas 1961
Remains in Texas

The Glassell School of Art
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
Texas A&M University, B.S.

Exhibits and Awards:
2013:  Selected to participate in Houston Center For Photography's  Group Show and Auction.
2012:  Selected to participate in AZ- The Last (film) Lab Standing Exhibit: Group Show, Williams Tower.                                                                                                                                                                        2009:  Selected as placement winners in the Equine, Portrait and Action divisions of the Cowboys and Indians Magazine Contest.
2008:  Selected to participate in the All Things Horses Exhibit:  The Center For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.

Corporate Collections:
Chevron Corporate Office Houston, TX
St. Regis Hotel Aspen, CO