About West

I am an American painter, an artist in the traditional sense. My paintings tend mostly towards documentary,in that the paintings depict certain places and are naturalistic.

West Fraser Painting on Location

My story: I was born into an old Southern heritage that has influenced my life’s pursuit. I started painting as a youth, usually knee-deep in local marshes, and am today living as I dreamed then. I have had the good providence to continue this career for more than 30 years—molding my character, resolve, and defining my philosophy. Though I often travel elsewhere to paint other places, the majority of my work has been produced in the land I love and call home—the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia, amongst the draping moss and shore breezes encompassed by Atlantic beaches and sea island waterways.  American poet Sidney Lanier called it “a world of marsh bordered by a world of sea.”

The joy of picture-making: Whether living from a gear bag or at home, I search to find subjects and situations that tell stories about the passage of time, authentic contemporary culture or a true sense of place. I paint neither sentimental nor nostalgic images. I work from actual observation and study, using the principles and elements of visual design that are as relevant today as they have been throughout history. As an artist, I strive to create paintings that are interesting and hold the viewer’s attention, and have relevance as beautiful objects in and of themselves.

My methodology: I use dynamic shapes and color to mimic light and atmospheric effects, because light transitions the subject into its inherent compositional elements. While painting, I allow my reactions to the environment to influence my decision-making process intuitively. Capturing these particular atmospheric conditions and nuances of light is very important to the poetry of painting, and the activity and energy of my surroundings charge the story with authenticity. I find that the mood of the work is often dependent on my actual experience while painting.

My work: These paintings represent the authentic, self-taught development of a truly personal style, not derivative or contrived to suit the market. It is my truthful response and the communication of a desire to reflect and share a world of varied landscapes and cultural heritage, too often changing rapidly or lost over time.

My intention: With this web site, I hope to compile information, archives and thoughts, both biographical and pertinent to my time and life as an American painter. Dialogue is welcome.

—WEST FRASER

painting in full gear- Daws Island

painting in full gear- Daws Island

 

Painting on Daws Island- finishing up a painting

Painting on Daws Island- finishing up a painting

 

Daws Island- phot by Hartley Wattlington

Daws Island- photo by Hartley Wattlington

 

Daws Island- photo by Hartley Wattlington

Daws Island- photo by Hartley Wattlington

 

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Daws Island

 

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Daws Island- photo by Hartley Wattlington

 

painting on Cumberland Island-photo by Peter Cram

painting on Cumberland Island-photo by Peter Cram