J. Jay West
Hawaii visual artist, creating one-of-a-kind works that are inspired by Hawaii's natural environment. Works with non-traditional materials and unique techniques.
Lives and works in Kamuela, Hawaii.
Self-portrait manipulated photograph on watercolor paper
Jay West creates in a variety of mediums blending a passion for recycling with the creation of one-of-a-kind art. Her work stands out amongst the many talented Hawaii artists due to the innovative use of found materials and continuous trials utilizing both traditional and experimental techniques.
Her artwork and mediums have evolved from clay to fiber to glass to painting. Her current body of work utilizes non-traditional materials and techniques creating highly textured mixed media paintings. Her award-winning work stands out among the many talented Hawai’i artists due to the innovative use of recycled and found materials.
Jay has exhibited in six solo shows and over 40 group and juried art exhibitions while receiving awards in more than half of the shows.
Jay was contracted to develop and organize value-added art-related workshops as the first artist-in-residence on Hawaii island sharing various low-tech solutions to creating functional craft and fine art from discards that would otherwise go into our landfills.
Since 1988, Jay has served on several island boards of directors of non-profit arts and environmental organizations.
West holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She completed the degree with a concentration in structural fiber in 1981 and later pursued a long career in the field of graphics.