Anita L. West
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Inspired by the landscapes of her native New Mexico, Anita West’s work conveys the unique light effects of the southwest. She begins with an underpainting drawn with an oil stick to gives her work a classical look. Shen then paints directly with oils, bringing full color to the scene. Anita enjoys teaching art and sharing her experience with the creative process with others.

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reggie 8/1/2015 | 3:52 PM

bought 2 of your paintings about a month ago, love them!!!!! MARK RAVELING


Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

14" h x 18" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 8 oz.


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My intention was to capture the afternoon light on the northern coast. This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. The work comes varnished and ready to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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