Pat West

                                          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 gist for my art and life.