At age 10 and seemingly overnight, Elaine West realized she could draw. After working in graphic design for 25 years, West was finally able to return to her first love,
fine art. Now, the Sausalito resident lives and works near the
water and is often drawn to subjects right outside her window.
“In addition to a live/work space and a ceramics cooperative
(called Beyond the Wave Gate), there are the unusual rooflines,
whimsically designed and painted spaces, and the trappings
that accompany a light-industry neighborhood,” she says. “I’m
a sucker for all the above and don’t shy away from complex compositions or architectural challenges.”
The San Rafael resident and former graphic designer now has the time to paint full- time and be an active member of the Marin
arts community. Her work is in oil on canvas, linen
or board with imagery primarily based on land-
scapes, gardens and nature.
“The title refers to both
the source of my inspiration and the source of the
water element seen in the
composition,” Buscho says.
“It is based on a scene from
a hike near Point Reyes with
creative interpretation from
40” x 60”, oil on canvas
Beyond the Wave Gate
30” x 18”, oil