Based in Charleston, South Carolina, West Fraser is an accomplished plein-air painter inspired by his travels, yet consistently drawn to the marshes and landscape of his beloved Georgia and South Carolina Coast. This former commissioner of the South Carolina Arts Commission is a member of the Salmagundi Club, Plein Air Painters of America, and the California Art Club. Fraser has been honored with nine solo museum exhibitions, most recently at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, Painting the Southern Coast: The Paintings of West Fraser. He garnered his first award in 1984, the John Young Hunter Award from Allied Artists of America in New York City. Since then, he has been honored with the Award of Excellence from Mystic International, the Mary S. Litt Award from the American Watercolor Society, the Pursuit of Excellence/American Master award from the Hubbard Museum of Art, New Mexico, and the Edgar Payne Gold Medal from the California Art Club’s 100th Gold Medal Exhibition. Fraser’s work hangs in permanent collections of nine museums in the United States and Bermuda, and is in the permanent collection of the White House Historical Association.