New Zealand artist April Shin creates contemplative paintings on canvases, inspired by simplified forms, time-worn surfaces and rich textures from nature. She aspires to communicate a sense of balance, harmony, and freedom to the viewer. Shin’s early paintings (2000-2010) consist of diverse imagery on several smaller boards, harmoniously arranged on a larger substrate. She is interested in the new ‘wholeness’ suggested by the overall structure; when the separate images are read together as one unified composition. With this concept, she presents a metaphorical illustration of the diverse cultures in contemporary New Zealand society. Artworks (2011- to date) depict Shin’s interest in nature. April Says “I am painting on a singular canvas. It deals with a larger surface so textures and images are more detailed and focused; the delicate line of figures shows my interest in people and their inner spirituality. I am developing the concept of connection, especially social connections and relations. I am interested in a core psychological aspect of mankind’s need for feeling satisfied with one’s life.” Shin is motivated to communicate with people through her art. Though the models are fictional characters, Shin focuses on the human form – its gestures, facial expressions and poses – to express the essence of personal real-life stories and experiences.