Born in Darnestown, Maryland (possibly in 1879), Alta West Salisbury was
once considered one of the country's foremost landscape and still life
She studied at the Corcoran School of Art and the
Fontainebleau School of Fine Art in France. She was active in Washington, DC
until 1904, and after that in New Rochelle, New York where she was a
founding member of the local art association.
She regularly exhibited at the National Academy of
Design, the Brooklyn Society of Artists, and with the National Association
of Women Artists. She died in 1933.