April Brauneis

April Brauneis

April Brauneis
1938 Bartl Drive
Camano Island, WA 98282

Even though I have lived on the West Coast all of my life, my heart and my art dwell in the Western Genre. I was fortunate to have horses throughout most of my life, even though I never was in a position to own real property, so I have always had to board. Still, it was better than nothing.

I went through a stagnant time in my twenties and thirties, feeling that Western art wasn’t the thing anymore, or so my ‘friends’ told me. I began to feel self-conscious about my chosen genre, so wound up losing my passion for art altogether.
Then fourteen years ago, I felt the urge to pick up a pencil again. I found that I had a knack for pet portraiture, so I went in that direction for a number of years. Then, a friend, whose step-father had a display at the Out West Art Show, invited me to come with her to Montana for Charlie Russell Week. To my surprise and pleasure, I discovered that the Western genre is still alive and well!

Getting back into my first passion proved to be frustrating. Art is not self-sustaining. If you don’t work it, you lose it, and I had lost it! Everything felt tight and awkward, and I knew that it was going to take some persistence simply to get back to where I was in the 1970’s.

I have stayed with it though. Once the fire was re-ignited, there was no stopping it. My work has now surpassed what I was doing way back when, but I know I still have a lot of catching up to do. It is easy to have regrets; if only I had stayed with it, I would be right up there with the best by now. But then I think, yes, but thank goodness you found it again. The only way to go now, is forward!
April Brauneis.