Preparing birch plywood for future paintings
April Cotton Dyck is a self-taught contemporary artist living in the Comox Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada. She is also a author of "Pets Among Angels, The Complete Guide on Pet Loss, and photographer of Supernatural "Making Contact with Orbs, A Photo Journal".
She has an artistic style that people are saying is uniquely original to her. She is known for her playfulness with perspective and enjoys trying to provoke a feeling in the viewer.
April’s colourful paintings are a varied selection of abstract, representative and figurative subjects. Her paintings are luminescent achieved by the layering of many colours. Each painting is often completed with drawn lines to isolate the colours and to emphasis contours.
Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, United States and United Kingdom. She welcomes commission work.
"I am inspired by working with people and helping them create their vision"
- April Cotton Dyck
Hi welcome to my website. My name is April Cotton Dyck and I'm a visual artist from Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada. I have been painting and drawing since kindergarten.
I have painted large windows, wall murals, complete rooms, buildings and my 1979 diesel rabbit. Nothing seems sacred from my paint brush, but I especially love painting on birch wood at a canvas. My preference in medium is oil paint because it is unknown how acrylic paint will endure the centuries.
I have participated in many life drawing groups since the age of 14. I find drawing the naked human form has furthered my artistic skills because of the focus required to really see and observe. I attended Victoria College of Art and have been a member of many art groups and societies.
I generally work in series, I like to explore an idea or a technique for awhile before I move onto the next one. I have done bodies of paintings exploring: outer space, the cosmos, birds, people, geometry, abstract, color, angels, salmon, consciousness, cows, portraits, nature, landscapes, aliens, ascension, and military.
My paintings have been shown in art shows, at airports, at libraries and small businesses. My first solo show was in 2014. I won the Design Challenge for the Comox Valley Highway Welcome Signage in 2016.
At L’Arche Comox Valley I taught students to paint. I have conducted couples painting classes in my studio and taught many children to draw. I have lead ladies paint night to help bring joy into their lives.
I am offering small online zoom drawing classes. I can teach anyone to observe and draw. We are creative beings and drawing and painting is sometimes easier to relay an event, being, objects visually.
Inspiration comes from my life experiences and I try to express in one visual image a whole story. A picture is worth a thousand words, and I try to provoke a feeling in the viewer of my art.
In my website you will see available paintings for purchase.
I welcome commission work, digital or paint, your inspiration, my skills, we can make something beautiful.
- check out my Original Art Gallery to view my original paintings available for purchase