April Huguenin - “Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire”
Monet said "Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It's enough to drive one mad.” April Huguenin faces the same wonderful dilemma. Inspired by everything around her, she never runs out of subjects to paint. “My art reflects my passion and enthusiasm for life and things that I love.” She is a South Carolina native and a self taught artist. “I started painting late in life, and am the perfect example that it is never too late to follow your dreams.” April started painting in 2013, using inexpensive supplies and painting on cut-up boxes. Painting quickly became a passion and obsession. “I bought canvases and better supplies and immersed myself in learning everything I could - books, TV shows, videos, online classes, private lessons and many workshops.” I enjoy experimenting to discover beautiful color variance, textures, and movement.
April finds inspiration from her travels to Rome, Florence, Paris, London, as well as the coastlines of the south. Photography is a big part of her life as she looks to capture memorable moments. “I want to give people something to connect to; a memory of a favorite place, a moment with a loved one, or just to make them feel happy when they look at my art. I love painting with lots of movement and energy. My hope is that my viewers can feel my emotion and that it will connect us.”
It is clear to see the European and Parisian influence in her art. Clearly inspired by the Impressionists, April looks to pay homage to artists like Monet and Renoir, while still combining other techniques to make it her own. “I am truly honored when anyone has a positive response to my work. I have a French collector, who said she loves my work because it reminds her of the French Impressionists. This is the highest compliment I could be paid. The fact that art is so subjective is really intriguing to me. Some of my most memorable moments in this short journey have been when I was in a room with people, all looking at one of my paintings, and all expressing completely different opinions. I feel if everyone interpreted it the same, then maybe it's not exciting enough. I took a workshop from a talented artist and she said something that really resonated with me. ‘The songbird isn't singing to compete. He's singing because he's got a song in his heart.’ I think as artists we need to always remember why we are doing this. We paint because it feeds our soul.”