Artist Statement

Sometimes I think that I don't select my subject matter, it selects me. This might explain why you will see landscapes, urban scenes, or paintings of people doing everyday things.  I love learning about other cultures and places, so in my artwork I strive to show bits of life that grabbed me emotionally and made me feel I had to tell the story.

You will see common themes in my paintings, but I seldom develop a series sequentially.  For example, some are scenes of urban life, which tend to be detail, while others are more emotional, such as scenes with people. By oscillating between detailed and emotion the right and left side of my brain get exercised which keeps me happy.

Watercolor and Fluid Acrylics have allowed me to become more interpretive and semi-abstract letting the story and emotion of a scene be the focus of my art.  I hope you are drawn into the story. One exhibit visitor told me she thought my artwork was “very happy” and that she felt drawn into it in a way that a photograph could not accomplish.

I feel a piece is successful when the mood and story shines through. Real success comes, however, when others tell me the story they see in the painting. Often their story is quite different than mine, but it does not matter! I feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction for having been able to evoke a memory or an emotion in you. What more could I ask for as an artist?

I live and create in the Baltimore/Washington area.

Enjoy the video of my latest artist’s talk hosted by HorseSpirit Arts Gallery!

Testimonials

Painting Class Testimonial: "My work has been traditionally transparent watercolor or oil, but seldom mixed media. After your workshop and a painting trip to Cuba, I was inspired (by your workshop) to break out and work in acrylic & watercolor to capture some impressions of Habana. My work ... is included in the MFA American Landscapes show. Your technique worked perfectly in trying to capture the crumbling effects of time and nature on the architecture, and the stenciled effects used as a metaphor to express the "fenced-in" lack of freedom of the individual. So, thank you for that experience. As a life long art educator, I know it's nice to know how far your influence can extend."- Gail B. White

Artwork Testimonial: "I have always loved your work (which is why we have 3 pieces hanging in our wine lounge. Looks like things are going really well and I am so happy for you. Continued success." - Linda Cunha

Business Class Testimonial: "April, thank you so much for sharing all of your valuable information with us! I’ve enjoyed taking the two classes from you."  Arlene Mindus

Creative ART Coaching with April M Rimpo & Elaine Weiner-Reed Testimonial: "Thank you both for your great generosity of knowledge and kindness and encouragement ...and preparation and information ...Still catching my breath from the great session ...” Brenda K.

Judging Exhibitions Testimonial: "What wonderful and comprehensive write ups." - Patricia

    Education      

April M. Rimpo first took private art lessons from 1976 through 1978 focused on graphite and colored pencil drawing plus oil on canvas. She continued her art lessons in oil focusing on composition and later took five years of advanced watercolor. She has taken extension workshops from award winning watercolor and mixed media artists including: Cheng-Khee Chee, Carl Dalio, Don Andrews, David Taylor, Tony van Hasselt, Jean Uhl Spicer, Deb Watson, Nicholas Simons, Frank Francese, Judy Morris, John Salminen, Paul Jackson, Linda Baker, Nancy Barch, Mark Mehaffey, Michael Holter, Ian Stewart, Michael Reardon, Kathleen Conover, and David Lobenberg.

        Style          

April works with water media, most often in a combination of fluid acrylic and watercolor on 140lb watercolor paper. She uses color and texture to set the mood and sense of energy she feels best communicate the emotion of the scene. You will find landscapes, urban scenes, or paintings of people doing everyday activities. April loves learning about other cultures and places, so she strives to show bits of life that grabbed her attention and made her feel she had to tell the story.

Family  

April and her husband Chas have been married since 1983 and reside in Dayton, Maryland. They have one son.

 

Gallery Representation

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Savage, Maryland (2017 - present) 

Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC (2015 – Sept 2018) 

Xanadu Gallery LLC's Online Studios (2012 – Sept 2018) 

ART UpClose Online Gallery and Marketing of Manhattan, New York (2015)

Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York, New York (2012-2013)

Awards & Publications

April has two paintings included for publication in the 2016 North Light Book’s Best of Acrylic, titled AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Texture; one in the 2017 North Light Book Acrylic Works 4: AcrylicWorks4: Captivating Color, and selected for the 2018 edition AcrylicWorks5: Bold Values. Her painting, Lunch with Champagne, is included in North Light Books' 2018 Best of Watercolor book, titled Splash 19Percussion: A Serious Business is included in special edition magazine The Best of Watercolor: Splash 21 Competition Winners, September 2020.

Merit Award for Faces in the International Society of Experimental Artists 2020 International Exhibition: Pushing Boundaries (Online)

Best  Title Award in the Georgia Watercolor Society National Show (2020) - Atlanta, GA

Honorable Mention for Fishing Day in the Watercolor Art Socieity - Houston's International Watermedia Exhibition (2019) - Houston, TX

Honorable Mention for Construction Rhythms in the Illinois Watercolor Society's National Watercolor Exhibition (2019)

Robert Wilcox Patron Award for The Perfect Ride in Pikes Peak Bienniel International Watermedia Exhibition  (2019) - Colorado Springs, CO

Salis International Materials Award for Percussion: A Serious Business in Southern Watercolor Society 41st Annual Juried Exhibition (2018) -  Bradenton, FL

3rd Place for Construction Rhythms in Maryland Federation of Arts’ exhibition “Working for a Living” (2018)  -  Annapolis, MD

Kay & Girard Lichty Climate Crisis Award for triptych Worth the Price?, in ArtSpace Gallery’s Earth Speaks IV Exhibit (2018) -  Stroudsburg, PA

Honorable Mention for The Bakery in Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 2017 International Exhibition.

April's article "Giclee Prints Can Provide New Color for Your Office or Home" in The Business Monthly, May 2015, Volume 23, Number 5

4th Place Painting Category & 7th Place Overall Category (Morning in NYC) in Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery’s CityScapes (2015) Art Competition  -   Online Gallery

1st Place in Landscapes (Ponte Vecchio) in Kensington’s Labor Day Show (2014)  -  Kensington, MD

1st Place 2015 (Making Tortillas) and 2nd Place 2014 (Messengers) in Artists’ Gallery of Columbia’s Local Color exhibit  -         Columbia, MD

1st Place 2014 (Woman with a Wrapped Hat) and 1st Place 2008 (Into the Garden) in Laurel Art Guild Open Juried Exhibit -  Laurel, MD

2nd Place 2013 (Street of Sololá) in Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) exhibit – Towson Art Collective, Towson, MD

Honorable Mention 2013 (His Dugout) in The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 34th Annual International Juried Exhibition -   Warren, PA

Excellence in Figurative 2013 (Woman with the Wrapped Hat) 29th Illinois Watercolor Society’s National Exhibition  -          Dixon, IL

Exhibitions (highlights)

May 2020 is April's Solo Feature Show with HorseSpirit Arts Gallery.  Held on line from May 7- June 12, 2020. 

May 2019 April is in a two-person exhibit in Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House titled “Portraits of Life – The Art of Storytelling” which will also include two collaboration events with musicians and writers. Her art has been featured in several solo exhibitions in Maryland including 2017 shows at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC and New Masters Art Gallery in Rockville, MD. In 2106 she had a solo exhibit at Artists and Makers Studios and in 2015 her solos were at Glenview Mansion in Rockville, the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House in Columbia, and at Ranazul. Additional solo exhibits were held at the Columbia Center of Art, the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, and the Dorchester Art Center in Cambridge, Maryland. April has also participated in small group exhibits at Howard County Arts Council in Ellicott City, Maryland and at Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland.

Her watermedia paintings have been included in numerous National watercolor exhibitions including:

Georgia Watercolor Society's 2019 National Exhibition, Dawsonville, GA and 2020 National Exhibition in Atlanta, GA.

311 Gallery's National exhibitions: ABSTRACTS Matter in 2019 plus Landscape and Seascape Exhibition in 2018  Raleigh, NC

Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition 2018

Watercolor Missouri International 2015, 2017, 2019 Saint Louis, MO and 2018 in China and 2020 in Spain.

International Society of Experimental Art 23rd Annual Exhibition 2014 in San Pedro, CA, 2017 in Sanibel Island, FL, 2019 in Lowell, MI, and 2020 planned for Alberta, Canada but held Online due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Watercolor Art Society – Houston’s International Exhibition 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 in Houston, TX

Louisiana Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibition 2104, 2015, 2017, and 2020

National Exhibition of the Illinois Watercolor Society – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020

The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s Annual International Juried Exhibition 2013, 2014, and 2017,  in Warren, PA,  Harrisburg, PA, and Gettysburg PA

Baltimore Watercolor Society’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition 2011, 2012 , 2017, 2018, 2020

The San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2013

Pikes Peak Watercolor Society’s International Watermedia 2013 “Legacy” Exhibition and 2019 International Exhibition, Colorado Springs, CO

National Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibition 2012

Agora Gallery - Collective Exhibitions 2012 & 2013, Chelsea, New York, NY

Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors 2012

         Affiliations         

Signature member Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) & Membership Chair

Signature member Watercolor Art Society of Houston

Signature member Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PWS)

Signature member Illinois Watercolor Society

Signature member Louisiana Watercolor Society

Signature member Missouri Watercolor Society

Signature member International Society of Acrylic Painters

Signature member International Society of Experimental Artists

Member Howard County Arts Council – donated art and provided volunteer support 2007 through 2018 to Annual Silent Auction

Member Maryland Federation of Art - donated art to Annual Art Lottery from 2007 through 20

          Collectors          

Bruce and Lynne Bindon of Freedom, PA (2)

Rose and Mark Gibson of Phoenix, Arizona

Bob and Bach Jeffrey of Columbia, Maryland (5 2-D and 5 fused glass)

Pat and Fred Kagie of Gilbert, Arizona (3)

John Lee of Laurel, Maryland

Craig and Michele Harber of Hanover, Maryland and Daniel Island, South Carolina (4 2-D and 6 fused glass)

Karen Henderson of Gaithersburg, Maryland (2)

The Major Family of Agawam, Massachusetts (6)

The Naples of Ringoes, New Jersey (3)

Kristin & Richard Perona of Greensboro, North Carolina

Betsy Stark of Ellicott City, Maryland (2)

William Bernard Thompson of Washington, DC

Kate Orndorff of Washington, DC       

Dana Kaplan of San Francisco, Callifornia

Cheryl White of Gilbert, Arizona                                                                                                     

Additional private collections across the United States, including: Scottsdale, Arizona; Sacramento, California; San Diego, California; Washington, DC; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Miami, Florida; Boothbay, Maine; Baltimore, Maryland; Beltsville, Maryland; Bethesda, Maryland; Chestertown, Maryland; Chevy Chase, Maryland; Ellicott City, Maryland; Tacoma Park, Maryland; Wheaton, Maryland; Mooresville, NC; and Mantua, NJ.

Press Coverage (last seven years)

Review by Mike Giuliano, "Artists at Kish Gallery in Columbia paint music in motion"  discussion April M RImpo and Elaine Weinter-Reed's two person show "“Portraits of Life — The Art of Storytelling, (Mike Giuliano, March 22, 2019, Howard County Times)

Review by Mike Giuliano, "A Companion Show for Women's History Month" including comments on April M Rimpo's painting, Gentle Wisdom (Mike Giuliano, May 31, 2019, Howard County Times)

Review by Mike Giuliano, "Watercolor Society's splashes of convension, abstraction" includes comments on April M Rimpo's painting, Gothic Pinnacles. (Mike Giuliano, April 28, 2018, Howard County Times)

April's painting, Lanterns, is #2 in "25 Acrylic Paintings from 25 Top Artists" (Courtney Jordon, April 23, 2018, Artists' Network)

Awards announce for The Earth Speaks IV Exhibition (April 19, 2018, Pocono Record)

April's painting, Champagne for Lunch, was included in the French magazine, The Art of Watercolour in their “What's On” article, with a description of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibtion.

April's painting, Struggles in the Southwest, was featured in Artists Network article "3 Stirring Landscapes | Acrylic Painting Inspiration" by Courtney Jordan (April 19, 2016)

Review by Mike Giuliano "Three distinctive visions on exhibit at Bernice Kish Gallery" describes the differences in artwork on exhibit by artists April M Rimpo, Jerry Prettyman, and Floyd Roberts. (Mike Giuliano, May 28, 2015, The Baltimore Sun)

Featured Artist on Artsy Shark 2014

The April 2014 edition of Galleries Magazine includes April's painting Making a Difference on page 17 as part of the Columbia Art Center Gallery's ad for their Visions of Hope exhibition.

April Rimpo's Immersive Watercolors - July 2013 press release for Exhibition at Agora Gallery, Interpretive Realms.

A discussion titled Promotion - the personal touch about what should be done when writing blogs, which highlights April M. Rimpo's blog. ( Karin Maraney, July 5, 2012, agora art blog)

April Rimpo's Fluid Approach to Color and Intensity (Nellie Scott, July 11,2012, Agora Gallery)

Mike Giuliano's article Structural Integrity reviews "Building Perspectives", a small group exhibit curated by the HCAC exhibition committee. One of April's paintings is highlighted in the paper. (September 11, 2014, Columbia Flier)

Juror Nick Serratore's statement on April's painting 'The Beach', which received the 2nd Place award in a Baltimore Watercolor Society exhibit in Ocean City, Maryland (. "This painting definitely captures a day in the life.  The vertical format creates an expansive landscape.  The figures, in relationship to one another, form an exciting circular composition only to be off-set by the boat which breaks the horizon leading the viewer to the top of the painting." (May 2014)

"April Rimpo's approach is quite different in her watercolor "Springtime," which treats the floral profusion as intersecting pink zones. The three people depicted beneath the arcing tree branches prompted Poppy Harrin's haiku: "first cherry blossoms/ a little girl shares secrets/ with her baby doll."" (Mike Giuliano, April 24, 2013, The Baltimore Sun) - Full review at Cherry blossoms fill the Columbia Art Center

 

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