April Hawkins began painting when she was a child. “All the little paint pots, crayons, or anything I could use to change the color of something! I thrive under bright colors and transform found stuff into something grand.”
A Sanford native, April is a self-described shy fire sign that absorbs artistic inspiration from her travels. Two of her favorite places are New Orleans and Mexico – it’s easy to see these destinations’ vivacious influence on her work.
Before she was a full-time artist, April worked as a shop girl at tattoo parlors and as a bail bondsman. It was there where she connected deeply with humanity, love, tragedy, and irony too. April often uses acrylic paint on unconventional found objects to create her old school designs (old cigar boxes, nails, scrap metal, etc.).