Working with the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District, I transformed the Midtown sign at 415 Gray St, Houston, into a whimsical design to honor the 15th anniversary of art at the park. Cynthia Alvarado, director of operations and strategic planning, said the work was engaging, playful, thoughtful and was specific to the site and sign.
“She took her artwork a step further by thinking outside of the box and tapped into social media to create hashtags that reflected not only her work but, our mission as a community to engage the viewer,” she said. “Mission accomplished!”
My art continues to inspire and open new doors to exciting projects. In 2015, I collaborated on a wall mural for the Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital Neo-natal department. I also have established a good relationship with Channel 2 KPRC-Houston. In 2016, they commissioned a memorial portrait of their late pet and mascot, Radar the Weather Dog.
The Chevron Houston Marathon chose me to create the artwork for their 2019 poster. As a long time runner in the community, this was a real thrill. In 2022, my art was selected to adorn the Midtown sign on Midtown Cultural Art District’s Bagby Park. That same year, Karbach craft brewery chose my work for the packaging for their Light Circus Hazy IPA brand.
My “feel good art” for Karbach Brewing Company’s Light Circus Hazy IPA promoted the 50th anniversary of the Bayou City Art Festival. Brian Presley, Karbach’s Associate Brand Manager, said I displayed a great amount of creativity in the project and worked well with his team.
“April’s created artwork spoke to the brands identity and her use of vibrant colors and animals fit so well with our vision for this special edition carton release,” he said.
I have been a graphic designer in another life so I also love designing event logos. For this particular event "Dog Day of the Dead," my clients commissioned this artwork for the event branding and then the original painting was auctioned off to raise money for their charity.