West Fraser (American, b. 1955) was born in Savannah, Ga., and grew up on Hilton Head Island, S.C. where he developed his love of the Lowcountry and the coastal areas that still inspire him. He studied commercial art at the University of Georgia. After living in Buck's County, Pa., and painting the New England coast, he settled in Charleston. He is a leading artist in the representational/plein air tradition.
His most recent museum exhibition was at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, S.C., "Painting the Southern Coast: The Paintings of West Fraser," which was also the title of his newest book. His work is in many public and private collections, in the permanent collections of nine museums in the U.S. and Bermuda, and in the permanent collection of the White House Historical Association. He is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of America and an Artist Member of the California Art Club.