A. E. West is a fine artist with a background in Communications Design and Illustration.
Anita has a degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from St. John Fisher College.
Anita has worked as a technical illustrator, a graphic designer and most recently was Director of a Food Cupboard.
Member: Salem County Artist Club, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art.
A. E. West attends Juried and Non-Juried art shows along the east coast and is available for commissions. Contact A. E. West
Some of the Art Shows Anita has participated in include: The Clothesline Art Festival (Rochester, NY), Rehoboth Art League's Annual Art Show (Rehoboth, DE), Pennsylvania Audubon Art & Craft Show (Lake Wallenpaupack, PA) and the St. Peter's Art Show (Lewes, DE).
West Art Renewed really means...
We Start Renewed
So- I have always loved drawing and did a little painting years ago, but after I met my estranged family in 2013, I needed to start painting as a creative outlet and contribution to my little part of the world -and to my family. This is who I really am and what I'm all about! Here's my story:
The West name was my born name when I was very young, and then it changed for a really long time after an unfortunate divorce when I was around three years old.
Many years have gone by since I had last seen my father and extended family. Through a couple of determined relatives, I was finally able to reunite with my West family, and it was a gift from God. We carry so many similar traits that it seems like nothing short of a miracle whenever I am with them. My life has been filled with love, and it's as if I never left them. Sadly, my father died years ago so I never had the chance to reconnect with him as an adult, but I have been able to reconstruct and know him through stories by his brothers and sister and my cousins- all of whom knew my father very well.
I remain connected with my family through my paintings, and our shared love of nature and the outdoors, so I keep painting. I take samples, do sketches and with the help of my Uncle John West, nature photographer, I can then re-create what I have seen and experienced on paper. My goal is to paint in such a way that it shows the story behind it and how it inspired me- and maybe it will do the same for you too!
And so it goes... sometimes through difficult circumstances there is always a chance that We Start Renewed, no matter how long it may take us to get there.
(Pictured Above: My Dad, Gordon West)