Katarina Thorsen is a visual artist, writer, creative engagement facilitator and craftivist, passionate in her belief that art can heal and build connections. The heart of her work is visual storytelling, restorative practices, whole brain engagement and facilitation. Katarina’s artwork can be found in private collections in North America and Europe. Her interactive art events and street art encourage participants to become part of the creative process. As writer, illustrator and researcher, Katarina published her first book, Drawn Together – Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art, in 2013. Her main current project is a graphic novel series, Joseph – a true story and family saga based in Vancouver BC.
Born in Sweden, Katarina is deeply grateful to live, work and play on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
2021 The Yosef Wosk Publication Fund at Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Recipient
2014 Woman of Worth Award: Humanitarian of the Year
2010 City of North Vancouver Civic Youth Award: Outstanding Supporter of Youth