Ken West was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. He took his first drawing class at the age of eight. He attended the Vancouver School of Art in the 60's and was involved in the Fine Arts program at Langara College in Vancouver in the early 70's. "My primary fascination in painting is with light and composition. I enjoy exploring the graphic nature of composition, always looking for an abstract quality. For me, light is everything. It gives me the depth and contrast I strive for in my work" Ken explains. Ken predominantly paints in oil, but also works in watercolour and pastel. Ken is represented by Art Works Gallery in Vancouver, BC; his work can be found in private and corporate collections.