Description Vivid colors in a visually stunning display. This African inspired Madonna stands out from the rest. Surrounded by brilliant gold background and four angels, it is richly patterned with authentic symbols and style.
April Kiessling, Vancouver Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement I enjoy making subjective translations of objective things, such as portraits or cityscapes. Using variation, distortion or symbols in recognizable subjects, allows for a more personal interpretation. I am particularly influenced by the work of El Greco, who manages to remain a uniquely “modern” artist, after 400 years. Like him, I am intrigued by the spiritual world and seek to find ways to express the flux and interaction between what is seen and unseen, material and transcendent.
Primarily a painter in acrylics, I enjoy using many mediums. I’ve worked with the Portland Opera, painting set backgrounds and also created portraits, murals, cards, illustration, thematic groups of paintings and done some teaching. Additionally, I am creating a multi-media, traveling exhibit about Human trafficking and modern slavery