Townsend, John West was born on April 18, 1969 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Son of Barbara Joan Doyle-Wilch and William Townsend.
Founder Alternative Market, Santa Fe, 1996—1997, Aspen Artists Cooperative, Colorado, 2003—2006, Maroon Bells Festival of Color, Aspen, 2003—2006. Artist John West Townsend Studio, Salisbury, Vermont, since 2007. Consultant Aspen Gallery, Highlands, since 2006.