April White began her artistic journey while growing up in London, Ontario, Canada. After completing formal studies in Fine Art, specializing in drawing, at York University in Toronto, she worked as a graphic designer for a five years while planning a life of art and travel. The following ten years were spent backpacking across the world, experiencing different cultures, exploring new landscapes and recording her observations with pencils and paint. Travels led to the west and east coasts of Canada, parts of Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. After ten years of full-time studio work, April’s art is now being recognized with recent art awards in Australia and in collections across Australia and Canada. Now April’s time is split between her studio in Sydney, Australia and her original Ontario home.
After a successful exhibition earlier this year of Australian birds in Sydney, April White continues to be inspired by bird life. ‘Chasing Sparrows’ is a solo painting exhibition with a focus on Canadian birds in April’s hometown of London, Ontario. These paintings come to us at a time that most of us experience nature more through a screen than in real life. But rather than carry a sense of threat about this predicament, these works deliver a sense of calm wisdom. The multi-layered, vibrant coloured acrylic paintings remind us of the changing connection between humans and nature. It’s a fragile relationship with the natural world in a digital age. These worlds are dystopian but the beauty in them is self-possessed and confident. A glimmer of hope remains ever-present in the paintings of April White.