What can I say? I paint because it is what I love to do."
Corey West's artist statement may be simple, but her art is anything but. The complexity, layers, and textures of her mixed media pieces could have you happily staring at them all day.
In 1999 Corey left home to pursue her education. After attending Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, she convinced her family to let her attend California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, CA. It was there that she found her way and the support to devote full attention to her calling, to create works of art. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art, she returned to the Sonora area where she now lives with her husband and two children.
Corey's passion lies with painting "layers of texture" through mixed media abstract paintings. "My work is about pattern, layering, texture and the details within the bigger image. My work is approachable and meant to be touched, which makes it unique". Her work is created using layer upon layer of acrylic, ink, soft pastel and papers. Found objects or fabric can also be found hidden within the layers. As a mother, she includes her children in her passion by letting them help in naming her work.
Corey has garnered many awards for her art both regionally, nationally and internationally. She is also a selected member of the Chartreuse Muse Gallery in Modesto, CA and her work has been sold throughout the United States and Europe.