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.
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.