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John West

John West

Pleasanton, CA

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I am a self taught artist and have worked in oil, acrylic, India ink, charcoal, and watercolor in a wide range of styles and subject matter including landscapes, seascapes, still life, and portraits. I think that watercolor is the most challenging and interesting.

While there is an endless amount of accumulated knowledge and documentation about what makes some art truly exceptional, what makes a painting interesting for me is usually surprisingly simple; how the artist captures the illusive and subtle effects of light. I am continuing to learn the wonderful tricks light can play splashing around on different subjects and I am enjoying the exploratory process more with each attempt.

Each painting is an experiment, an attempt to discover something new, to capture the emotion and mood of the subject, not just a likeness. Therefore, each painting generally has a "hook", a goal, an interesting element of composition, color, or brushwork that hopefully will make the viewer stop and look for a while. I guess that is every artist's goal. I hope you like what you see!

 

Climbing Rose Bush by John West

 

Pink Flower Basket by John West

 

Deer and Cedar Tree by John West

 

Harold by John West

 

Blanco Market by John West

 

View from the kitchen by John West

 

Autumn by John West

 

Colorado Ranch by John West

 

SF City Hall by John West

 

Little Girl by John West

 

Seattle Market by John West

 

Ruby Hill Home by John West

 

Century House Collage by John West

 

Black Beard Collage by John West

 

Mendocino CA by John West

 

Dripping Springs Church by John West

 

O're the land of the free by John West

 

Pine Tree by John West

 

Golden Glow Rose by John West

 

Stevenson Street SF by John West

 

Little White Boat by John West

 

Kyoto Gisha Girls by John West

 

Minnehaha Park by John West

 

Scoma's Sausalito by John West

 

Big Tree by John West

 

Thomas Coyne Winery by John West

 

Above Tide Hotel by John West

 

Capitola Beach by John West

 

Moro Bay by John West

 

Monterey Fishing Boat by John West

 

Alcatraz by John West

 

Sweetheart Roses by John West

 

Pine Forest by John West

 

Willie and Tucker by John West

 

San Clemente by John West

 

Old Doors Brushwork by John West

 

Ruby Hill by John West

 

Changing Times by John West

 

Alameda Victorian by John West

 

Sailing by John West

 

Bright Winter Sun by John West

 

Bright Sky by John West

 

Sunol Station by John West

 

Tuscany Colors by John West

 

Cresta Blanca by John West

 

Kalthoff Vineyards by John West

 

Autumn Vineyards by John West

 

Bent Creek Winery by John West