Join us for a detailed look into the wildlife excursions of painter April Howland in her first solo show with Beals & Co. From big horn sheep to grizzly bears, each animal in April Howland’s paintings is an animal she has seen in the flesh. Her interactions with them clearly translate into a sense of intimacy in her work, depicting animals that resonate in a knowing way. Howland is an adventurer, trekking into the wilderness to share space with her subjects. Her large-scale oil on canvas works are realistic and strikingly unique, illustrating the extraordinary experiences she has while witnessing the Earth’s wildlife.
As Howland puts it, “There is something mesmerizing about spending significant time watching wild animals exist, co-exist, and survive. As a wildlife painter, I work from my own experiences and photos. Getting to spend time with my subjects in these moments feels special, like being granted a peak through secret windows with a view into their lives...that few get to see.
“From ancient cave drawings to Egyptian hieroglyphs and through the span of history nearly every culture has communicated the spiritual connection between man and animals in their art. This serves to underline the significance of the connection man feels with his natural environment. As an artist I strive to remain faithful to that tradition and keep the conversation alive and vibrant through my work. The pieces you will see combine a contemporary style with a sometimes whimsical flair and strive to bring forward a view of our Earth’s wildlife that is steeped in tradition yet completely unique, so the viewer might also feel those rare and special moments in time.”
All are welcome to attend My Wild Kingdom and meet the artist at the show opening on Friday, April 28 at the Beals & Co. Showroom, 830 Canyon Road.