Plein Air Painting with April Knox
April Knox is a Plein air oil painter and geologist who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was born and raised in Indiana and began her painting career about 15 years ago. Indiana has a rich history with the early American Impressionists, and she was inspired to learn and embrace that legacy. Through her network of contemporary Indiana impressionist painters, April found her true passion, Plein air painting.
April had the privilege to study with Fred Doloresco and Don Stone. Her technique and style were influenced by Emile Gruppe, John F. Carlson, and Robert Henri’s book “The Art Spirit”. As a kid, April’s mom Debra would encourage her to color outside the lines which seems so simple but as she has grown the impact of that simple suggestion is incredibly powerful.
She loves to be outdoors, quiet, and observant, and fell in love with painting outdoors.
She paints with bold brushstrokes capturing the immediacy of the changing light. She likes to paint subjects that people might just pass by every day, helping people to notice the beauty of the ordinary every day.
April moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 2013 to pursue a Master’s Degree in geology. During this time, she had to step back from painting full time. After completing her degree, she worked as a geologist in Houston, TX. Her heart and family were still in Alaska. Even though her roots were in Indiana, Alaska had truly become home.
Things have come full circle, she and her husband moved back home to Fairbanks in 2020, and she is Plein air painting in and around the interior of Alaska, capturing Alaska’s beauty on a grand and microscale (and everything in between).
The attention she started to receive made her realize she needed to turn this into a business, so she sought the help of the Alaska Small Business Development Center in Fairbanks.
Her business advisor, Alexis Amstutz, helped her properly structure her business, navigate business licensing, and they continue working together on marketing strategies. She is so thankful for the amazing assistance and guidance of her advisor.
April’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Indiana State Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Central Insurance Company, and many private collections. She has exhibited in juried exhibitions including Oil Painters of America, Salon International, Hoosier Salon, and Indiana Heritage Arts.
Currently, her work can be found at aprilknoxart.com and the Bear Gallery Gift shop in Fairbanks Alaska.
April is enthusiastic about being involved with the Fairbanks community. Give her a shout if you are interested in joining her painting outside, she’d love to paint with you!