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Work Samples

The Blue Sky Gods

Colorful , Magic Realism , New Romanticism,Hope,Love ,Family ,Mystical ,Spiritual
The Blue Sky Gods was inspired by modern mystical poetry involving several Greek gods.

In My Father's House

Colorful , Magic Realism , New Romanticism,Hope,Love ,Family ,Mystical ,Spiritual
In My Father's House was inspired by modern mystical poetry and a dreamlike image of children catching fireflies at the Liriodendron Mansion.


Colorful,Still-life,Floral,Modern, Home, Decor,Vibrant,Delightful
Konstrakta acrylic on cradled hardboard 20" x 16" 2021

Coleen in a Fuscha Hat

Colorful , Magic Realism , New Romanticism,Hope,Love ,Family ,Mystical ,Spiritual
Coleen in a Fuscha Hat acrylic on canvas 24" x 20" 2022


About Jonathan

Harford County

Jonathan West's picture
Jonathan West is a Baltimore area artist known for his large expressionist work.  Following his "It's Time To Run Like Hell" series, his "Paintings of Heaven" and vividly painted landscapes, portraits and still lifes employ a brighter, more optimistic pallette and viewpoint.  Jonathan shows actively and paints constantly in different series.  Follow the Light ! Statement: At 64 years young,I continue to paint everyday from a place of childhood wonderment,striving to capture the... more

More Poetic Visions

I have continued to seek inspiration from fresh modern poetry  and made many paintings in 2022.
Here are several of my favorites.

Mystical Poetic Visions

I am deeply involved in a year long quest to attain a higher level of Spirituality into my paintings. 
I have sought out the poetry from a single modern mystical poet as visionary inspiration for a large series of paintings .
I am employing three important areas in my process:

* The Investigation of Light via Color
*The Poet as Muse
*The Restating of Image via the Compositions recorded in the History of Art

As I paint,my focus becomes energized by emerging visions,two dimensional canvas becomes a three dimensional cube of light.
As I employ mettalic paints as well as floresecent colors ,these paintings become otherworldly when viewed thru 3-D glasses.
Follow the Light .


My DREAMSCAPES are designed to evoke an anigmatic sense of wonder,a psychic narrative of the sublime journey through my imagination.Instilled with elements of New Romanticism and Magic Realism,enchanted figures are found confronting mysterious space and timelessness as colorful positive expectation.

The Exquisite Bouquets

These floral still life paintings were born out of the reality of the pandemic.
Flowers were purchased weekly from the same vendor at the Bel Air Farmer's Market
and captured in paint before the arrangement began to wilt.
Exqisite vases were reasearched on eBay and the internet and the bouquets were placed in appropriate vases.
The beauty of the vases and the bouquets has to do with the living relationship of our life as beautifully concieved by "man"- be that 
parents , partners, history of self, holding forth our Spirit life as perfected vase upon vase of flower holding forth/together this is the soul/
the union of flesh and spirit/ "matter and ether enflamed in cohesion."

Time to Run Like Hell Series

Communication and awareness are of the utmost importance to the artist today. Advances in technology have placed the entire world in our homes and studios and, in my case, spur an empathetic reaction to the world?s tragedies and human foibles, and, specifically, to our inhumanity towards one another.

As a contemporary artist, I cannot separate myself from this place and time. In my paintings I seek to define this reaction in cathartic, expressionistic and poignant notations that reflect on life and the finality of death. In my Time to Run Like Hell series, with titles such I Don?t Want the World, I Just Want Your Half, Nirvana (for Virginia Tech), The Smell of Death, and Buzkashi, I hope to present the viewer with uncomfortable, often horrific, situations in a sympathetic yet striking artistic manner that provokes both thought and compassion. The series extends to natural disasters with work such as Tsunami, The Big Easy, and Earthquake.

Paintings Of Heaven

With the occurrence of the death of my childhood best friend, my paintings evolved from the “It’s Time To Run Like Hell” series to the “Paintings Of Heaven” series. These spirited expressions of light and color express my cathartic impressions of life and the inevitability of death. Often inspired by tragic current events, these paintings are guided by emotion, fate and subconscious spiritual principles.


    Acrylic on Canvas , disaster,floral ,colorful,abstract ,expressionistic
  • We Become Birds When We Die

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Freedom, Hope, Reincarnation
  • More

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Nature, Power
  • Bubbles

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Newtown, Hope
  • English Garden

    Acrylic,canvas,colorful , floral,landscape,colorful,bright ,insiprational
  • Destiny

    acrylic,canvas,landscape,bright,green ,expressionistic
  • Flow Blue

    LARGE,acrylic,canvas,abstract,blue,white,space, disaster,mural
  • Captured Angels

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Light, Color, Freedom
  • Sugar Town

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Rhythm, Nature
  • Pretty Land

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Light, Color, Spiritual Awakening

Nature Morte

This body of work celebrates the age-old tradition of still life painting with a modern twist.
The popularity of these paintings has encouraged me to continue with these smaller works.
I find the intimacy of their creation almost addictive.

Return to Figuration

A recent return of the figure and landscape paintings,including "En plein Air"have enriched and broadened my perspective.I intend to pursue painting the figure in a landscape setting.

  • Those Who Do Not Believe In Magic,Will Never Find It

    Colorful , Magic Realism , New Romanticism,Hope,Love ,Family ,Gardening,England,Digging,Koy pond,Clematis,cat,Memories,childhood
    Those Who Do Not Believe In Magic, Will Never Find It acrylic on canvas 36" x 48"
  • Falling in Love

    acrylic on cradled board 20" x 16" colorful,landscape,fall,leaves,bright
  • Je Ne Regrette Rien

    Acrylic on canvas painting 75" x 58" My reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris 2015.
  • Why No

    acrylic on cradled panel painting of grapes and their essence.
  • Heavenly Waters

    acrylic on canvas painting 48" x 116" depicting childhood memories of the woodlands near my home.
  • The Road to Joy

    acrylic on cradled board 20" x 16" en plein air painting of Tounge Row in Ellicott City,Maryland. Completed in 2 hour time limit. Landscape ,spiritual,colorful
  • Sanctuary

    acrylic on cradled board 16" x 20" en plein air painting of the Icehouse at Liriodendron.
  • Self Portrait

    acrylic on cradled board. searching my inner self
  • Liriodendron-Blood Moon Eclipse

    A painting of Liriodendron Mansion which was started en plein air and completed during the blood Moon Eclipse.Colorful,landscape,architectural.spiritual
  • The Creation of Eve

    acrylic on cradled board 20" x 16" An image born of spiritual messages derived from a found seashell.


My fascination with seasonal changes led to the creation of my Spiritual interpretations of the Four Seasons...Winter,Spring ,Summer and Fall.
I completed the final painting in 2019 and look forward to exhibiting them together someday.

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