ABOUT APRIL HARTMANN
I’m a creative soul, inside and out. To me, that means it’s my job to get it OUT – out of my imagination and into the world. Most of this self-expression unfolds through drawing and painting, both digitally and with actual paint. But when I’m not at the drawing table, I’m usually involved in some other creative task like writing, decorating, or testing recipes to get my family to eat more vegetables. With each stop along the way, there’s this intense focus. Multi-tasking is out. Creative-tasking is in. It’s not just about getting these things done. It’s about discovering what I bring to the task that no one else could.
I earned my BFA in Illustration (with honors) at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Today I have more than twenty years of experience as a professional designer and illustrator. I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and also the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators.
My son has always loved art projects. When he was 5, I asked him, “Do you want to be an artist like Mom when you grow up?” and he quickly answered, “I already am!” So, I guess that I can say that I’ve always been an artist too. It’s been my passion for as long as I can remember, and probably always will be. Every day I’m inspired by something new and excited to keep moving forward in this artistic adventure.