While all painting strives to share the artist's vision with the viewer,
Cynthia West asks you to enter into a larger spiritual dialogue. The
focus of her work is humanity's relationship to the sacred. Her subject
matter is inextricably tied to the earth, through depictions of both
indiginous ceremonies and the juxtaposition of geometry to landscape.
Her paintings, like her gardens, invigorate and heal. She receives
inspiration as she plants seeds, waters, and weeds. Decades of formal
study bloom into myriad art forms.
After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Cynthia West was
drawn to Santa Fe in 1966, to learn how to pray with Native Americans.
Her family of husband and children grew to include many others who were
attracted to her intuitive relationship with the land.
For nineteen years an upstairs studio on the plaza provided the solitude
she required to paint her visions. She had many exhibitions in local as
well as international galleries.Collecters from all over the world
visited her room overlooking the La Fonda Hotel. She never stopped studying
and refining her technique.
When the toxicity of oils forced her to leave painting, she sought out
new channels of expression. She became accomplished in photography,
digital painting, pottery, book arts, dream work, and poetry. To her they
are all one art: the art of life.