My figurative paintings aim to communicate fleeting expression and delve deeper into the imagined landscapes that often exist beyond the surface.

Artist Statement

  1. I discovered a passion for art at a young age and it has since been my instrument of communication and expression. But, it is the process of painting, of creating and modeling an image- one stroke at a time, and the thrill of watching it come to life that drives me to keep creating.
  2. Working primarily in oils, I have painted a variety of subject matter through the years. However, I find myself continuously returning to the revealing, narrative qualities of the human face and figure. I am drawn to the challenge of capturing expression in a way that invites the viewer into a deeper conversation about the shared human experience. When we look carefully and purposefully into the face of another human being, we begin to hear a dialog, to feel a connection, and to find a place of understanding. My aim is to communicate fleeting expression and delve deeper, often imagining the landscapes that exist beyond the surface.
  3. I approach my Figurative paintings in a painterly and expressive style, exploring these qualities through thoughtful compositions and the careful assembly of brushstrokes. I find inspiration in the works of masters such as John Singer Sargent and Paul Cezanne, as well as the works of contemporary painters such as Nicholas Uribeb and Hollis Dunlap.

Artist Bio

  1. April Dawes studied Painting and Graphic Design at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, receiving her BFA in 1999. In the years following, April worked as a graphic designer and commission artist until the birth of her children. In addition to homeschooling her 3 children, April has taught private and group drawing lessons and art classes for the past 5 years. She currently works as a semi-full-time studio artist, and has begun showing her work in galleries over the past few years.
  2. Following a recent move from Colorado, April resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma with her husband, 3 children and 2 dogs. When not working in her studio, April enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her family.
Ferocity
Proximity Paradox
Ferocity
Proximity Paradox
Contrived Sanctuary
Contrived Sanctuary
Ghosts and Old Communion Cups
Ghosts and Old Communion Cups
Resonant Confusion
Resonant Confusion
Eventuate
Eventuate
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Interlude
Take Me Back to When
Interlude
Take Me Back to When

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

(405)879-2400

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