Phillip  West
Phillip West - photo by Pat Knight

Phillip West

(1936 - )

Farmington, New Mexico USA

I am a retired medical doctor, and at heart I am an outdoorsman. I find painting beautiful scenes out in the open air a very personal and emotional experience. I thank God for the blessings of being able to experience beautiful scenes visually and emotionally and for the ability to record these experiences in oil on canvas. Most of my painting is done in and around Farmington and the surrounding Four Corners Area. I never stop marveling at the unparalleled beauty of the unique and varied landscapes that exist in the Southwest. I paint in an impressionistic/realistic style. As I paint, my goal is to emphasize the beauty of a scene and, in the process, emphasize the effects on the land brought about by the bright sun and the clear high-desert sky.


West was a physician in private parctice until his retirement in 1998. Beginning in 1998, he attended week long landscape painting workshops in the late summer or early fall at the Fechin Institute in Taos, New Mexico, the Taos Institute of Arts and the Loveland Art Academy in Loveland, Colorado. He has also taken workshops at the Gateway Museum and at San Juan College in Farmington, NM.

Community Involvement / Other Accomplishments

I grew up in Aurora, Colorado, which was, during those years, a small farming and ranching community. Our home backed up to acres of as yet unbroken natural prairie. In those days the air was crystal clear. Each morning we were greeted by the awesome magnificence and beauty of the snow-capped front range of the Rocky Mountains. I spent long hours exploring the mountains and the prairies, and experiencing the ranches and the farms. I gloried in the discoveries inherent in the vistas and niches of these environments. This deep appreciation for what I beheld and felt, and of how it all fit together, served me well when I began to paint.

Artist Exhibits

2009 - Gateway to Imagination National Juried Art Competition, Farmington, NM (Northwest New Mexico Art Council Choice Award); 2006 - Mesa Verde Centennial Celebration Juried Art Exhibit, Mesa Verde Museum, Mesa Verde National Monument (honorable mention); 2004 - Moments to Monuments ”Juried Fine Art Show and Sale, Cortez Cultural Center, Cortez, Colorado

2006 - Phillip West Invitational, Artifacts Studios and Gallery, Farmington, New Mexico; 2003 - Art of the Southwest, Henderson Fine Arts Gallery, San Juan College, Farmington, NM

2006 - Phillip West Invitational, Artifacts Studios and Gallery, Farmington, New Mexico

2008, 2010 - Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners, Henderson Fine Arts Gallery, San Juan College, Farmington, NM; 2009 - Four Corners Commission Art Exhibit, Durango Arts Council, Durango, Colorado; 2008, 2006, 2004 - Artists Alpine Holiday, Ouray Community Center, Ouray, Colorado; 2006 - Four Corners Commission Art Exhibit, Durango Arts Council, Durango, Colorado; 2000 - City of Farmington, Northwest New Mexico Arts Council Regional Exhibit, Farmington, New Mexico (City of of Farmington Purchase Award) 2003 - Three Amigos Fine Art Exhibit and Quick Draw Show”, with Dwight Lawing and Steve Unger, Farmington Civic Center, Farmington, New Mexico 2008 - Southwest Essences, Vistas and Vessels, Henderson Fine Arts Gallery, San Juan College, Farmington, NM; 2004 - Men of the Four Corners Fine Art Exhibit and Sale”, Farmington Civic Center, Farmington, New Mexico

Biographical Resources


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Chamisa, Southwest Hallmark

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