April Raber

 

 

From her earliest years, April’s vision was to paint.  She kept this vision throughout her college years, and began showing in galleries shortly after graduating. Except for six years as the designer and art director for a national magazine, April’s entire career has been creating fine art.

April professional associations include:

·         Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA)

·         Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA)

·         Artist Member of the California Art Club. 

·         Exhibitor at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA

 

Primarily an outdoor painter, April is attracted to painting scenes inspired by the canyons, harbors, and coastlines in Southern California. “To capture nature with the fluidity of moving paint is what keeps me constantly pushing for the experience of amazement.”

In the past few years April has turned her attention to cityscapes and industrial landscapes.  "I believe the work of an artist is to not only connect with the beauty of nature but to enlighten the overlooked and forgotten parts of our present landscape."  She approaches this new subject matter in her same interpretive style, expanding the traditional California Plein-Air movement.

April had the opportunity to study fine art under several masters while obtaining her degree in art at BYU. These included William Whitaker, Gary Ernest Smith, Trevor Southey, Alex Darais. She was also profoundly influenced by the expansive collection of Maynard Dixon paintings that were part of the university’s permanent collection.  

Shortly after receiving her bachelor's degree April began exhibiting her work in galleries.  During this time she encountered and overcame two episodes with cancer. These encounters left a deep impression on her work reflecting not only on the frail nature of existence on Earth, but also our struggle with the perception of opposition. It was during this period that she created the controversial “dream” series, renditions of pivotal scenes from the subconscious. These paintings, often autobiographical, deal with emerging self-awareness and growth from the perspective of a woman’s psyche. Many of these are held in private and corporate collections. A sample of work from this period is available on her web site in the “early works” section.

 

April now continues to paint on-site in and around Laguna Beach, California and from her home studio.  “Although my paintings are representational, I am definitely not trying to emulate photo-realism. Rather, my mind and my eye work together to form a double vision. This brings to the canvas impressions of both the seen and the unseen. Without both the scene does not come alive. For me, the process of art is about seeing not only the image, but seeing its essence.”