Josiane Childers grew up in Lafayette, New York, in the Syracuse area. She completed her BFA at SUNY Purchase in Purchase, NY. She moved to
Phoenix in 2000 and started working in colorful and layered mixed media paintings and began developing her abstracted landscape look.
Justin West grew up mostly in Arizona and was always making art in many forms. Now he mainly works creating steel sculpture art and steel frames for the plexiglas paintings Josiane creates. He loves to work on old trucks and small inventions when he gets a chance as well
They met and started collaborating in 2004. Since then they have sold over 1000 pieces of unique and original artwork. They love making art and raising their 2 beautiful Childers-West boys.
My creative process is very much a journey and a struggle at times to make the paints come together in an exciting and impactful way. I begin by layering and criss crossing lines and washes of colors using many different techniques in the same painting. I know when the painting is finished because everything seems to lock together and a beautiful new world is alive inside the painting. I would like the work to inspire joy to others in life and in their own creative processes as other artists have inspired me.
"Night & Day", Mirada Fine Art, May 15th-June 20th 2020
"Ode to Spring" Wilde Meyer Gallery, Feruary 28th- May 31st, 2020
"Layers", Mirada Fine Art, Denver, CO, June 8th- July 7th 2019
"Perceptions", Renee Taylor Gallery, Sedona, AZ, October 2018
"Conversations in Color", Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, August 2015
"Elevated Elements", Waxlander, Santa Fe, NM, May 2014
"Harmony, Abstract to a New Tune", Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, October 2012
"Childers-West: Balancing the Elements", Renee Taylor Gallery, Sedona, AZ, April 2012
"Interpretations of the Southwest", Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, August 2012
"New Year, New Beginnings", Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ January 2012
"The Gem Show", Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, December 2011-2017
"Josiane Childers & Justin Earl West: A Marriage of Elements" Mirada Fine Art, Denver, CO, June 2010
"Russian Gala" Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM, 2008
Casa Pleasure of the Palettes event, Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, AZ 2007