Artist April M. Rimpo’s subject matter generally captures glimpses of her travels within the United States and abroad. Her subject matter varies: landscapes, urban scenes and paintings of figures involved in everyday activities. As she shares the culture and stories of places she has visited, her goal is for you to bring the story as the painting relates to you.
Watermedia fully absorbs April into her work. Watching it flow and responding to the paint allows the piece to develop in directions not fully planned. This is part of the thrill of working in watercolor she hasn’t found in other media.
April is inspired by the Impressionists’ use of texture, color, light and the dynamic flow they achieved in their paintings. She believes these influences are why both texture and color became critical design elements, providing her with an ability to set a mood.
April incorporates organic, rough edges into paintings that include foliage, wood or rock formations. Sometimes she adds small drops of water to areas that have started to dry, causing small water blossoms that add just the right note of texture. Other paintings seem to call out for drips that add emotion and interest.
April feels strongly about using a technique that enhances the painting, and not to use techniques for technique sake. If it won’t improve the painting or if it conflicts with the overall mood she is trying to achieve, then she doesn’t
use the technique. For example in April’s urban scenes, the repetition of patterns in the city is generally the focus. Hard-edged shapes are important, so April uses controlled techniques to keep the edges crisp, but still uses wet-into-wet blending within shapes to achieve color variety. Very wet runs are generally not found in April’s cityscapes.
Color may be April’s most important design element. She often uses color to help set a mood and to provide an interesting design that attracts viewers and encourages them to take their time exploring the painting. She looks for the same strength of color in watercolor as she achieved with oil, while maintaining the translucence that only watercolor and fluid acrylics permit. April hopes her color, texture and design create excitement for the viewer.
April has achieved Signature Member status in two additional watermedia organizations: the Illinois Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Her painting, “Woman with the Wrapped Hat”, received the Excellence in Figurative at the Illinois Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition. She has won several First, Second and Third Place awards in local and regional exhibitions. Her paintings have also been highlighted in several exhibit reviews in the Baltimore Sun.