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MY JOURNEY

April Gratrix

Working mainly in acrylic on canvas, I use nature as my inspiration to create paintings that are influenced by my background in graphic design. Strong lines, patterns, and bold colors create texture, form and space, and are reminiscent of woodblock prints. Starting with a photograph as my inspiration, I reduce the landscape down to its essentials, layering color and shapes, and lastly adding patterns to create the play between light and shadow.

Living and working in the beautiful Reno/Tahoe area has inspired me to create artwork that reflects my surroundings. I moved to Nevada 6 years ago, and have since become interested in landscape painting. From the stark high desert browns and reds, to the dramatic blues of Lake Tahoe, I am enthralled by my everyday environment, and want to showcase the beauty around me in each of my paintings. Observing the vast horizon and layering of the hills and mountains, as well as the changing colors from sunrise to sunset, is something I can do every day, even when I’m not collecting imagery for future artwork. 

EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS

Select work is currently on display at the Piper J Gallery, 10250 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

June 2024

The New and the Now

Downtown Modernists Group Show at McKinley Arts Center, Reno, NV

April 2024

The Modern Landscape

Duo Show at Piper J Gallery, Truckee, CA

Feb 2024

In the Know. In the Now.

Downtown Modernists Group Show at Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV

Oct 2023

Latimer Club Mini Marvels, 

Group Show at the Artists Co-op Gallery, Reno, NV

Sept 2022

Reno Tahoe International Art Show, Reno, NV

Nov 2022           

Featured artist of the month at Piper J Gallery, Truckee, CA

Oct 2022

Latimer Club Mini Marvels, Honorable mention in mixed media work

Group Show at the Artists Co-op Gallery, Reno, NV

Oct 2022 

Chosen by City of Reno to design an artistic banner for display downtown

Sept 2022

Reno Tahoe International Art Show, Reno, NV

June 2022

Chosen by City of Reno to paint a signal box (Mira Loma and Veterans Parkway)

Mar 2022

Topographic Impressions: a Delineation of Western Landscapes

Solo Show at the Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV

Aug 2021-Dec 2021

Work on display at the Reno Fine Arts Collective, Reno, NV

Nov 2021

Latimer Club Mini Marvels, Second Place in Pen/Ink Category

Group Show at the Artists Co-op Gallery, Reno, NV

Oct 2021

Dia de los Muertos

Group Show at the Depot Gallery, Sparks, NV

Aug 2021

Draw Show 

Group Show at the Artists Co-op Gallery, Reno, NV

Mar 2021

Wild Nevada

Group Show at the Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV

Mar-May 2017

Arte di Primavera

Group Show at the Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD

Oct-Dec 2016

Natural Order

Group Show at Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD                    

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