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Jerry R. West
Meditations in Paint: Roswell, New Mexico
Nov. 17, 2012 – Feb. 10, 2013









“Most often I call myself a storyteller/poet/artist. My thrust as an artist is to attempt to inhabit the world around me. My art activity becomes a meditation on objects, plants, animals and people, histories and the disappeared as well as the ghosts and the myths. I draw on a myriad of cultural and family stories, personal experiences and dreams. My paintings tend to become psychological, allegorical landscapes. This year, 2012, my focus was on Roswell.”

“I was raised with a large, wonderful family in Santa Fe and the surrounding mountains and prairie worlds. All of the things and people that passed through our lives imprinted my psyche and very much informed my later paintings.

After years of schooling—grade, junior-high, high school, college, graduate school, military, park service—I returned to Santa Fe to teach. I taught for ten years history and biology. Though I had drawn and done art since childhood, I began art studies with Elmer Schooley at Highland University in 1964. By 1970, I had earned an art degree and had a graduate show. I also quit teaching in Santa Fe and began my ‘art career.’

Since my graduate show in 1970, I've done a variety of activities, all of which I hoped would inform my painting. I've made etchings at Bob Blackburn's printmaking workshop in New York. I've traveled to Crete, Europe, Mexico and India. I have spent years designing and building custom houses in the Santa Fe area. For many years I did artist-in-resident programs in schools, youth diagnostic centers, prisons, senior centers. From 1990 to 1993 I was a visiting teacher in painting and printmaking at University of New Mexico and at University of California at Santa Cruz."

Jerry West, 2012


Red Brick House in Roswell - Turmoil in the Sky, a Boy on a Bicycle, and a Dog,
2012, oil on linen,  32”x40”

Mysterious Exodus from Roswell Farm-with Residence, Ghost Rabbits, Tumbleweeds, Green Couch and a Piano with Broken Keys,
2012, oil on linen, 42”x40”

Cosmic Storm Approaching Roswell,
2012, oil on linen,  72”x96”


Artist in Search for Tranquility, but Gets Lost and Caught up in Thoughts of Bottomless Lakes, Cowboys Tired from Long Cattle Drives, Dreams of Angels and Mermaids, Far Off Dust Devils, Strange Shapes, Colors, Plants and Animals,
2012, oil on linen,  72”x96”


"Roswell Portraits" (top to bottom, left to right):
Rodney Carswell, Sarah Bostwick, Corwin Levi, Siobhan McBride, Brinkman Randle, Dustin London, J.P. Villegas, Brian Kluge (Katy and Juno), Stephen Fleming, 2012, oil on masonite, 24”x18”




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