B. West (non-binary; any pronouns) was born in Portland, Maine in 1991 and grew up in southern Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. The landscapes and cultural histories of these places have a profound influence on their work. After graduating from the University of Southern Maine, West turned their attention to writing and has several published short stories. They have also worked in editorial & children's illustration.
To West, fine art is often an extension of their narrative and storytelling practice. Their work has been shown at Buoy Gallery (Kittery, ME), Interloc Gallery (Thomaston, ME), Page Gallery (Camden, ME), the Lewis Gallery of Portland Public Library (Portland, ME), and the University of Southern Maine Art Gallery (Gorham, ME) and is held in many personal collections, including Dr. Theodora J. Kalikow (former president of the University of Southern Maine). West extends their passion for all kinds of making by teaching youth-centered art & creative writing workshops (they have worked with Friends School of Portland and OUT Maine). West currently lives and works in midcoast Maine, where they are part of the artists collective 'the Rockland Observationalists'.