I am a self-taught artist who discovered my itch to create after moving to Virginia in the early 80s and the birth of my daughter. Since I hardly knew anyone and was a stay-at-home mom, I decided to take a six-week tole-painting class for a little adult interaction. As an avid runner, I began designing and producing whimsical folk art figures as awards for Yorktown’s Fourth of July Freedom Run and other local road races in the early 90s.
I currently work with acrylic paint to create “green art” painted on old cabinet doors and I rely on my trusty band saw to bring to life other wood designs. I continue to look for ways to incorporate old objects into my work, which is influenced by my interest in primitive folk art, hooked rugs and quilts. I have shown and sold work in Virginia at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News; Sentara Williamsburg Hospital’s Visiting Artists’ Gallery; and at the Gallery at York Hall in historic Yorktown.
I love the beauty that nature provides and attempt to capture some of it with my photography.
My other work includes original designs of wire-wrapped whimsical beaded pendants which I mount on cards infused with clever sayings. For example, “How come the people who tell you to calm down are the ones who got you med in the first place?” I dub these as “jewelry with an attitude,” and some can be found online at www.etsy.com/shop/auntiemfolkart.
I grew up in rural Missouri and hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. I suppose I will always be a “come here” to the Virginia Peninsula, although it’s been my home for the past 30 years.
Thank you for viewing my work!
Marilyn West joined Pixels on August 7th, 2011.