Art of Light and Shadow

A Gallery of The Original Oil Paintings, Drawings, and Books of Artist Deirdre West

Detail of hands from oil painting "Sonoran June"

About the Artist

Artist Statement

All of my original oil paintings are created from direct study of life using only the finest quality hand ground oil paints and Belgium linen.

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Artist Bio

Artist Deirdre West is a world traveler raised in Alaska but now a permanent resident painting and writing in Arizona...

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Artist Resume

From art gallery exhibitions to awards won and writings published, check out my accomplishments!

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"Writing, painting, singing- it cannot stop everything, cannot halt death in its tracks. But perhaps it can make the pause between death's footsteps sound and look and feel beautiful, can make the space of waiting a place where you can linger without as much fear." -Ally Condie

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Figure Paintings

Oil Painting Portrait Cropped of painting: "Persephone's Last Summer"

Are you interested in original oil paintings of the human form? Many were executed in other countries! Check out my figure gallery!

Landscape Paintings

Cropped paintings of the convent of Zacatecas, Mexico

From my home in Arizona to the convent ruins of Zacatecas or the rug sellers alley of Essaouira... Come explore my landscape gallery!

Still Life Paintings

Still Life painting of 2 pumpkins called "First Harvest"

  A still life oil painting can be more than decoration, it can be a window into another world. From fall leaves and butterflies to artist studio interiors...

Charcoal Drawings


  Before painting, I learned how to shape form and capture light using charcoal. 

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Published Illustrated Books

Book cover image of Balanced Between Shadow and Light by Deirdre West

I have published two nonfiction, illustrated travel memoirs. Ebook and autographed print copies are available. 

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Contact Me

charcoal drawing of artist Deirdre West

Thanks for your interest! For Pricing, Commissions and other Questions, feel free to contact me! Or prices can be seen at my 

Etsy store.