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Bold trees and lofty birds

Originally from Ontario, now living in the Prairies, I miss having giant maple trees, oak trees and lush, leafy green-ness out my windows. Maybe that’s why I love the artwork of April Lacheur so much! Her fluid, colourful, graphic trees are immediately recognizable as her work. A self-taught artist, she also works part-time as a nurse, which I think is a lovely way to combine the best of both the sciences and artistic disciplines. April works mostly with acrylics, but often adds textural elements to her pieces including fabric or metal. Deriving inspiration from the natural world around her and from her travels, her pieces are bright and bold and, I think, reflect the joy she gets from painting.

4 Seasons by Yapes Paints - www.canadianhandmade.ca

One of her most popular pieces, "4 Seasons"

Element Tree by YapesPaints - www.canadianhandmade.ca

This piece, "Element Tree", includes copper and brass accents

Recently, April has been working on a series of “lofty” birds – long legged, fabulous birds that have so much personality and vibrancy. I love them!

Lofty birds by YapesPaints - www.canadianhandmade.ca

The lofty canary, woodpecker, swallow and fantail!

One thing that I appreciate about April as an artist is her willingness to try new avenues for her artwork, and if you read C+H regularly, you know I love a good handound book! Yapes Paints and Victoria-based company “Those Great Little Books” have collaborated on a unique project. A one of a kind journal (could be used as a guest book, photo album or sketchbook too!) is created by Those Great Little Books, covered in canvas which April paints with an original painting! What a fabulous way to bring a little piece of original art into your life.

Journal collaboration by Yapes Paints - www.canadianhandmade.ca

Handpainted journal collaboration with Those Great Little Books

April also works with Shi Studio, a Victoria-based contemporary jewellery design studio, to make some wonderfully bold and gorgeous wearable art using her images printed on canvas. A few of my favourites currently showcased on YapesPaints.com:

Collaboration with Yapes Paints + Shi Studio - www.canadianhandmade.ca

What a gorgeous accent piece!

Collaboration with Shi Studio + Yapes Paints - www.canadianhandmade.ca

Definitely a conversation piece!

April’s artwork will soon be featured in a solo show (“Roots and Feathers“) at Lüt Boutique in Vancouver, with a lovely grand opening event happening this Thursday (Feb 3, 6-9 pm). Her work will be on display from Feb 3 – April 30th, so if you’re in Vancouver be sure to stop in and see her original pieces in person.

To see more of her past, present and available for purchase works, visit Yapes Paints or check out her Facebook page or chat on Twitter.


5 Responses to “Bold trees and lofty birds”

  1. Jen says:

    This artist is so talented…love the birds esp. Good luck on the show!

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by April Lacheur , Sarah & Jennifer. Sarah & Jennifer said: Bold colours, long-legged birds and fabulous trees and more = the artwork of @yapespaints! See more today at C+H http://ow.ly/3Nm3Z […]

  3. Daryl says:

    April’s work is whimsical with colours that keep you warm on a cold winter day. Good luck on your upcoming opening April!

  4. Sarah says:

    So glad you enjoy her work, Jen & Daryl! Cheers! ~Sarah

  5. […] We originally featured April’s work back in January 2011 – click over to the post to read more about her work and […]

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