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Artist April Kruse-Mitchell


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Biography


 
I am a self taught artist. 
In 1974 I traveled to Europe for six weeks with the American Institute for Foreign Study, participating in courses on Classical civilization.  I was able to experience the incredible art, sights and sounds of Rome, Florence, the ancient port of Ostia Antica and Tivoli.  I traveled to Athens to see the Acropolis, the Athens Archaeological Museum, and the Kaisariani Monastery.  I also spent several days visiting Paris, Amsterdam and London.  It was an amazing journey and what I experienced there left a lasting impression, especially the works of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.
I began working as an artist at the age of fifteen and for many years focused on graphic design.  In 1991, I determined that I would pursue my passion for painting by doing murals and decorative painting.  I have been successful in this endeavor, and I continue to express my creativity through mural painting and doing commissioned paintings.  
I added a new art form to my repertoire when I became very interested in the fine art of miniatures. It is an elegant art form that has been around for centuries.  I was introduced to it by a client who collected miniatures and when I saw the exacting detail required to complete one of these tiny painting, I became interested in trying my hand at it. I paint in both 1/6th and 1/12th scale.  1/12th is actually doll house scale so if the original Mona Lisa was 30"x 21" I would have to paint it two and one half inches by one and three quarter inches to be at 1/12th scale.
 
  The famous Olympic runner Eric Liddell said, "I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast, and when I run I feel His pleasure."This is the way I feel about art.  The art itself is not my purpose.....but when I [...]

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