Kathleen West creates limited editions of hand printed and watercolored Arts and Crafts block prints.
Kathleen began developing her craft while earning a B.S. in Art Education from Rosary Hill College in the early '60s. Her early works were influenced by children's books and childhood themes and their detailed illustrations. Through personal research of galleries and libraries Kathleen 'discovered' the works of William Morris. She was drawn to medieval and nature themes along with literary passages and quotes. This shift in style also led to the hand coloring of her prints and influenced her development of a unique pre-Raphaelite quality.
Long recognized as 'the Premier Block Print Maker' of the revitalization of the Arts and Crafts movement, her works have attracted a growing following of collectors across the United States, Europe and the Far East. Her long and successful career has been acknowledged by her peers as a 30 year member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and her selection as a Roycroft Master Artisan. Her work hangs permanently in the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY.