Artist Statement

I love to paint.

I have been teaching myself to paint by doing it, over and over. My first solo show was at Another Gallery in Roanoke, Virginia in 1980; my last solo show was in 2015 at the Moss Art Center, at Virginia Tech.

It is the problem-solving, in making art, or building, or gardening that both pleases me and drives me crazy. If I am doing what I like best, working on a many-panel painting that tells a story, or just rebuilding stone walls, then I get plenty of pleasures and pains.

I live on the New River, in Southwest Virginia, on a dead-end road in a self-built house.   I am lucky enough to have traveled in many parts of the world, and all has become grist for my art and life.

— Pat West

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