About the Artist

About the Artist

Artist Statement:

I begin from a place of inner stillness. From there my paintings begin to emerge. I scribble and splatter, glue down collage, paint over, add new layers. As I move in and out of the quiet, I try to listen to what each painting wants to say. It may be only a whisper. Mark-making is a central part of my process and I also play with color transitions and complex textural effects. Each painting becomes 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.


Cristy West is an abstract mixed media artist who, for the past twenty years, has been showing work in and around Washington, DC. Her art training has taken place mainly at the Art League School, in Alexandria, Va., and at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. Earlier in her life she was a writer and a teacher of writing and also practiced art therapy. She holds a PhD in Arts in Education, with an emphasis on applied storytelling, and was involved in the creation of the Healing Story Alliance of the National Storytelling Network. She is a fervent believer in the power of the arts, in all their forms, to reveal and celebrate what it means to be human. She is a member at both the Foundry Gallery in Washington DC and Gallery 57 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. She also shows work at the New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven Maine where she spends her summers.

“I’m fascinated by marks—runes and petroglyphs, scripts from other languages, scribblings of children. All of these are inspiring....” ~ Cristy West

Read the complete interview at www.theartleague.org/blog/2019/10/22/pl…