5

Oct

Progression

Often people ask how long it takes for West to finish a painting. It’s a fun question, well no, not really. I once heard him answer the question with what was basically a mathmatic word problem. It was something like this: I’ve been painting all my life, so let’s say 50 years plus a few days, maybe a few months, plus a few hours, plus another few days, plus a year or so, plus an hour or so for stretching canvas and maybe a few extra hours for contemplation.


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30

Sep

What Is A Chicken Bog Anyways?

We all know that rice was grown in the lowcountry during the colonial era. There are reminders everywhere of our by-gone rice culture. But have you ever thought about what happened to these fields after they stopped growing rice? Many of them were sold to wealthy northerners for hunting plantations. Evidently the rice fields became a wonderful home for ducks.


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18

Sep

History and Art

As a student of Art History I find that I often look at what was going on culturally and historically during the time a particular piece of art was created. For instance Picasso’s ‘Guernica,’ it would be hard not to think about the events it represents. Often artists are commissioned to create an allegorical piece that represents a certain event, think John Trumbull’s ‘Declaration of Independence.’


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11

Sep

Playa Carrillo

Since marrying Helena, Costa Rica has become a sort of home away from home for West. Recently they joined friends for a little R&R in the ‘vacation oasis located in the tropical paradise of Playa Carrillo, ‘ Las Ventanas del Mar.


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31

Aug

An Interesting Read

Recently West received a copy of a book by Mark R. Stoll, Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism. It is a fascinating read; especially for a self proclaimed lapsed Presbyterian as myself. In Stoll’s book he states that a “high proportion of leading figures in environmental history had religious childhoods,” but “curiously few were church goers as adults.” This definitely applies to West Fraser.


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24

Aug

Phillippe Cousteau and the Port Royal Sound Foundation

Protecting the coastal environment in which I live and paint has always been important to me, in particular the unique water system that is the Port Royal Sound–an interesting historical fact, Port Royal Sound is the second oldest surviving French place-name in the United States having been named by Jean Ribault in 1562.


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6

Jul

The Manuscript Is Sent!

The manuscript for my second book has gone to the publisher, the University of South Carolina Press! The book is titled, Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser.


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6

Jul

A Rare Experience

I had the privilege to paint in the Bluffton Oyster Factory recently. In my first introduction to the ladies I was comforted to realize our connections from the past. These women start shucking before sunrise and produce an amazing volume of May River Oysters among the best in the world.


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6

Jul

I have completed my new book!

Helena and I enjoyed a memorable holiday in the tropics for Christmas and New Years, and upon my return my first priority was to complete the paintings and submit all of the material to my publisher. The book, which I have tentatively titled, Painting the Southern Coast; The Art of West Fraser, will be released in June of 2016, by The University of South Carolina Press.


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6

Jul

A Date is Set, June 2016!

I finally have a publication date for my new book! It will be available for the spring/summer cycle and in the warehouse from overseas printing by June 2016.


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