The first portrait Caryn West ever created was a
life-size drawing of Sammy Davis Jr. to accompany
a book report about his autobiography, Yes I can.
The portrait was done in crayon, and she was only
nine years old.
Though she attended the Pasadena Art Center
College of Design, most of Caryn’s abilities are self-
taught through taking on projects with an intuitive
belief “I can do this.” Over the years she has ex-
perimented with a variety of mediums, amassing
expertise in acrylic painting and graphic design.
Along the way she developed a passion for telling
stories through art and has always dreamed of
becoming a writer as well. Caryn’s work has been primarily in the commercial arena but her passion is working on humanitarian projects, where she can use her artistic skills and creativity to highlight global issues.
In 2006 Caryn conceived The Trouble with the Alphabet. Since then her efforts have been focused on bringing her collective experience
together in a project that gives full expression to her range of creat-
ivity. In this project she has found the inspiration to say “Yes I Can”
- we all can make a difference for children around the world.
Caryn currently lives in Colorado with her husband Brock and their
three children, Felicia, Blaze and Cruz.