B. West 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 her work. After graduating from the University of Southern Maine, she turned her attention to writing and has several published short stories. She lived on Peaks Island for some years where the island's strong community of illustrators supported the launch of her illustration career. 
In tandem with these other pursuits, West makes expressive/fine art. This practice is often an extension of her narrative and storytelling practice. Her work has been shown at the Lewis Gallery of Portland Public Library in Portland, ME; USM Art Gallery in Gorham, ME; and is held in many personal collections, including Dr. Theodora J. Kalikow (former president of the University of Southern Maine). She extends her passion for all kinds of making by teaching youth-centered art & creative writing workshops (she has worked with Friends School of Portland and OUT Maine). West currently lives and works in midcoast Maine.
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