April M. Rimpo
Sometimes April Rimpo thinks that she doesn’t select her subject matter, it selects her. This might explain why you will see landscapes, urban scenes, or paintings of people doing everyday things. She has always loved learning about other cultures and places, so in her artwork she strives to show bits of life that grabbed her attention and made her feel she just had to tell the story.
April works in transparent media, including watercolor, fluid acrylic and fused glass. Her fused glass work is primarily sculptural exploring galaxies, flora, fauna, and non-objective abstracts. Watercolor and fluid acrylics allow April to be more interpretive than her earlier oil and pencil work. She believes it is the fact that watercolor and fluid acrylic flow in unpredictable ways that inspire her. These media absorb her into the work; allowing the piece to develop in directions not fully planned, but with more passion. This is part of the thrill of working in watermedia that she did not find in other media. By adding more of her emotional content than in the past April thinks those who see her art are more drawn to the story. In fact, a visitor at one exhibit told April that she thought her artwork was very happy and that she felt drawn into it in a way that a photograph could not accomplish.
April feels a piece is complete when she thinks the mood she wants is achieved and the story shines through in the finished painting. Real success comes, however, when others tell her the story they see in the painting. Often their story is quite different than hers, but it doesn’t matter! She feels a tremendous sense of satisfaction for having been able to evoke a memory or an emotion in her viewer. What more could she ask for as an artist?
April has been involved in art to some degree her entire life. Her father and grandfather had both painted so her inclination to draw came naturally. After high school, she took classes from a local artist which led to her first exhibit, where an art material manufacturer offered to purchase her painting to use in an ad for his materials. Despite the positive feedback, April knew she was not ready and has continued to take countless art classes and workshops throughout her life. In college April studied Electrical Engineering. She believes her engineering background taught her to see the world in a broad expansive way, through the eyes of others, and from different perspectives. Her artwork reflects that background.
Rimpo started to enter exhibitions outside Maryland in 2012. Since then her paintings have been accepted in over 50 national or international exhibitions, most notably the National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Watercolor Art Society Houston, Missouri Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, Pikes Peak International Watermedia Exhibition, International Society of Experimental Artists, and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Rimpo has achieved Signature Status in eight of these societies because of the number of their exhibitions in which her art has been selected. April currently exhibits in a variety of local venues as part of juried showed, in addition to being represented in HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. In 2012 and 2013 she had work in Agora Gallery in New York City. Her fused glass has been shown in a variety of exhibits and included in Howard County Arts Council’s Celebration of the Arts for several years.
April has received a variety of awards including Excellence in Figurative, First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mentions. Two of her paintings were included in North Light’s book, “AcrylicWork 3: Creative Textures” and one painting in the 2017 edition “AcrylicWork 4: Celebrating Color.” In 2018 two of April’s paintings were included in North Light’s Best of Acrylic book, “AcrylicWork 5: Bold Values”, and one watercolor painting in North Light’s Best in Watercolor book, “Splash 19.” One watercolor has been selected for “Splash 21,” which will appear in a Watercolor Magazine in Summer 2020.