April Willy

April Willy


After graduating from Herron School of Art, I became an advertising and editorial illustrator. I spent almost 20 years working for local and national agencies before my passion for painting influenced me to rethink my artistic direction. I now consider myself equally divided between illustration and painting. I enjoy the challenge of retelling an author’s story visually, but relish having total creative control in my fine art. I have had eight children’s books published and hope to add

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About My Work:

I work in acrylics and oils on canvas and paper. When I work in acrylic I use a dry-brush technique with

a sanded texture, in oils I tend to prefer a smooth canvas surface. I describe my fine art imagery as being

predominantly contemporary landscape. As a children’s book illustrator, the imagery follows the narrative

of course, but I try to ‘inject’ landscape wherever I can. My work is characterized by soft tones and shapes

for the most part. The landscape is my focus, however within that subject matter I try to create painting

themes such as ‘Cloud-Scapes’, ‘Wind-Blown’, ‘Heart-Art’ and ‘Circular’ series.

Upcoming Events:

Indiana Artists Club annual exhibition at the IMA lower level gallery through June 7th, 2015.
Hoosier Salon ‘Whimsy’ group show opening June 13th at the Carmel gallery on Rangeline Road.

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BFA from Indiana University, Herron


Member of the Hoosier Salon, the Indiana Artists Club and the Stutz Gallery Artists Association


Merit Award Indiana Artists Club Annual Exhibition 2015

Best Contemporary Painting Hoosier Salon 2014

Best of Show Carmel International Arts Festival 2013

Best Emerging Artist Art Comes Alive Cinncinnati 2013

Honorable Mention Indiana Artists Club Member Show 2008

Gold Medal Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards 2008

Second Place Indiana Artists Club Show IMA 2008

Honorable Mention Renditions of Nature Exhibition 2006

Governor’s Choice Award Indiana State Fair 2003

Award of Distinction Indiana Artists Club 2004

Best Contemporary Work Hoosier Salon 2003


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