Definition of Yapes Paints:
April Lacheur is a professional self-taught artist and acrylic painter living in beautiful Maple Ridge near Vancouver BC Canada. She works mostly in acrylic to create bold and playful interpretations for west coast nature with special focus on trees and tree roots and our connection to nature. April has been building a thriving art business since 2007 and her original work can be found in private collections across North America and even in Australia. April also offers a line of popular reproductions such as greeting cards, prints and calendars.
April’s style has often been called unique and combines bold colors with clean line work. Her most recent work includes loose abstract backgrounds representative of letting go, overlaid with more stylized line work, representing what is most important for us to grab hold of. Trees in her paintings have exposed roots and transparencies, encouraging the viewer to remember and share their own roots, their unique stories. A reminder that we are not unlikes trees in a forest, living together in a community.
I love the feeling of creating a flowing line with ink and a brush, the excitement and emotion bold colors evoke and the place I loose myself too each time my brush hits the canvas.
It starts with an inspiration from a life experience; something small like a lovely walk outside or something huge like a life lesson just learned. I choose a color signifying the feeling of that experience. I’m not much of a planner when it comes to my paintings. I have the general concept in my mind and let the piece progress organically as I’m working with the acrylic paint. One of my favorite parts of painting is that the end result is often a pleasant surprise. I may also add other mediums including fabrics, metals and papers to my work giving life to some elements such as tree trunks or bird feathers. My work is always finished with clean lines of acrylic ink. My style is unique and has developed over a long time, ever since I was a child. Bold colors, crisp lines, trees with twisting roots, birds with long legs and florals with dancing petals are common themes in my work.
The message in my work is always positive and may be different for every admirer. I use painting as a positive balancing element in my life and I think my true love and passion for it is reflected in my work. I am most well known for my whimsical trees with twisting trunks and reaching branches. They signify deep roots, strong growth and tall ambition.
I show my work in art fairs, galleries, cafes and retail locations around BC. My original paintings are part of private collections in Canada, USA, Australia, Asia and the UK. I plan to continue to create and share my work and am excited to see how my style and skills develop. It’s the start of a long and creative path ahead!
March 2018 – Solo show Our Roots Exposed Port Moody Arts Center
Nov 2017 – Circle Craft Market Vancouver BC
July 2017 – Filberg Festival Comox BC
June 2017 – Canada 150 group show at Kimoto gallery Vancouver
Nov 2016 – Circle Craft Market Vancouver BC
April 2016 – Nature Lovers Solo Show Lut Vancouver BC
May 2014 – Deeply Rooted Solo show Visual Space Gallery Vancouver BC
March 2014 – One of a Kind Show Toronto ON
March 2018 – Custom large painting for waiting area NICU Surrey Memorial Hospital BC
June 2017 – Art Wrap project for recycling program City of Richmond
February 2017 – Mural for main entrance Live Well Exercise Clinic Langley BC
August 2016 – Mural for CT scanner room for BC Children’s Hospital Vancouver BC
May 2016 – Painting of 7ft salmon statue 25 year celebration for City of Coquitlam BC
August 2015 – Mural for waiting area in Morgan Creek Medical Office Surrey BC
Sept 2015 15ft custom painting for Lord Kitchener Elementary School Vancouver BC
March 2015 – Mural for waiting area for Live Well Exercise Clinic Surrey BC
January 2015 – Painting commissioned by Governer General of BC office used in collaborative jewelry given to dignitaries and royalty visiting Victoria BC Office
March 2013 and 2014 – Commission designs for Skevik Skis Vernon BC
April 2014 – Street Banner project BIA Fort Langley BC
January 2013 – Commission designs for Railay Stand Up Paddle Boards Vancouver BC