Cristy West is an abstract, mixed media artist based in Washington, D.C. Her paintings are frequently included in the monthly membership shows at the Art League Gallery in Alexandria, Va. Additionally she shows work at the New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven, Maine, where she spends her summers.
When Im working, I feel that I am wrestling down the energies of the universe. The process is humbling and mysterious and demands from me a lot of physical effort. I scribble and splatter, glue down pieces of collage, paint over, add new layers. I try to keep my approach fresh and spontaneous, playing with subtle color transitions and complex textural effects. Thematically, I am energized by the natural world, by travels, poetry, music, the work of other artists, daily events. Each painting is a visual record of my journey of exploration at a particular point in time. I am pleased if the final result evokes in the viewer a sense of tensions held in balance, a realization that there is more lurking under the surface than meets the eye.