Michael Corrine West (1908-1991) was born in Chicago and spent most of her formative years in Ohio. She enrolled in the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1925, after opting for a career in the fine arts. West moved to New York in 1932, continuing her art education in 1933 at the Art Students League. West was a member of Hans Hofmann's first class at the League and he remained a lasting influence on her art. Hofmann's emphasis on the ''inner eye,'' the ability to apprehend the essence of things, guided the artist in her spiritual approach to abstraction.