Back in 2007, April was creating art as a hobby while working as full time Registered Nurse in post open heart surgery in Victoria, BC, Canada. Fast forward 10+ years and April is now working as a full-time artist, having traded in her in stethoscope for a paintbrush. April creates colorful acrylic paintings that reflect her deep connection with west coast nature, especially trees. April works from her backyard studio among the trees in Maple Ridge near Vancouver BC and is often kept company by her dog Maple, who of course was named after a tree!
April’s original paintings can be found in private collections all over the world. She sells her work online as well as artist fairs. April offers a line of reproductions including greeting cards, prints and home decor items that can be found in shops around Canada and on her website. April has also created many public art projects including a mural for the BC Children’s hospital, a painting of a salmon sculpture for the City of Coquitlam and a painting for a collaborative jewelry project given to Kate and Prince William by the Governer General of BC.
Humans are like trees in a forest, with deep roots, strong connections and a sense of belonging to something bigger. When I walk through the forest I picture all the roots connecting beneath my feet. I can feel the energy moving through the trees and the communication between them and I feel I’m in a place of true wonder.
In my acrylic paintings, I used bold colors and flowing lines to bring life and movement to trees and highlight the energy within and around them. Blue toned trees signifying water and trees with exposed roots are common in my work. My abstracted landscapes give the viewer a hint of nature while encouraging them to fill in the rest with their imaginations.
My hope is to bring the viewer a moment of escape to nature and a realization that we are similar to trees living in a forest. We should expose our own roots and celebrate our connection to each other. I am greatly inspired by west coast beauty and spending time in my favorite place of wonder, the forest.
March 2018 – Solo show Our Roots Exposed Port Moody Arts Center
Nov 2017 – Circle Craft Market Vancouver BC
July 2017 – Filberg Festival Comox BC
June 2017 – Canada 150 group show at Kimoto gallery Vancouver
Nov 2016 – Circle Craft Market Vancouver BC
April 2016 – Nature Lovers Solo Show Lut Vancouver BC
May 2014 – Deeply Rooted Solo show Visual Space Gallery Vancouver BC
March 2014 – One of a Kind Show Toronto ON
March 2018 – Custom large painting for waiting area NICU Surrey Memorial Hospital BC
June 2017 – Art Wrap project for recycling program City of Richmond
February 2017 – Mural for main entrance Live Well Exercise Clinic Langley BC
August 2016 – Mural for CT scanner room for BC Children’s Hospital Vancouver BC
May 2016 – Painting of 7ft salmon statue 25 year celebration for City of Coquitlam BC
August 2015 – Mural for waiting area in Morgan Creek Medical Office Surrey BC
Sept 2015 15ft custom painting for Lord Kitchener Elementary School Vancouver BC
March 2015 – Mural for waiting area for Live Well Exercise Clinic Surrey BC
January 2015 – Painting commissioned by Governer General of BC office used in collaborative jewelry given to dignitaries and royalty visiting Victoria BC Office
March 2013 and 2014 – Commission designs for Skevik Skis Vernon BC
April 2014 – Street Banner project BIA Fort Langley BC
January 2013 – Commission designs for Railay Stand Up Paddle Boards Vancouver BC