My Interview with Aprille * Pause and Paint

My Interview with Aprille



What does “being creative” mean to you?

Being creative to me means developing the ability to view life from a different perspectives. Whether you are a painter and want to paint the ocean, you can paint it exactly how to see it or decide to change the colors and add more waves. Or if you are an entrepreneur, as you can  look at your business and want to expand, you have a choice to see it’s pain points and address them creatively so that you can grow or continue to avoid change and stay the same. In oder words, being creative is removing yourself from your comfort zone and venture towards problem solving and creatively shifting your approach towards life.

When did you first realize that you absolutely had to lead a creative life?

I’ve always loved to draw and paint. After going to school in art, I tried to fit art into a career but I didn’t want to become a teacher. I’ve had a several exhibits and sold my art in many states (which I am proud of).  Finally when I turned 50, I decided it was time to stop ignoring my inner artist. I founded my own business in the “sip and paint” industry and devoted 100% of my time to leading a creative life “and” sharing my love for painting with others.

What inspires you?

I paint women. I am inspired by women. I find my inspiration form images, art, daily life situations. I also get inspired when I attend Church.

What do you want your art to communicate?

Mostly emotions. I like to communicate  inner emotions (mainly isolation). people go through so many emotions and often keep the negative ones to themselves. I hope for my art to become a mirror where people can relate and hopefully reveal something and help them heal through hope, love, togetherness and self-discovery. I think when people relate to one another through art or other form of communication growth, healing and happiness becomes possible.


I Love doing fundraisers!!

Describe your creative process. What kind of patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

Honestly it’s never the same. But lately, I seem to be more creative at night. When all my errands are done a dinner is done I can relax more and abandoned myself to my art. I started a YouTube channel so now I setup my camera and film twice a week so that has become time consuming (especially the editing part). I love it though because it enables me to share painting and pastel tutorials to a large audience.

What is the most challenging part of the creative process for you and how do you meet that challenge?

I am very busy with my business and I create artwork for my painters. This has made my art more commercial…but I plan to have an exhibit at the end of this year so my challenge is to make time to create larger paintings and paint for freely for my exhibit.

What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?

“You have a God given talent so you owe it to God to use it” ~ Sarit (my girlfriend…lol)

Is there anything you’d like to add that I didn’t ask?

I would like to add My WHY – My Vision and My Mission 😉

MY WHY is to uplift and support women through art, creative outlets & venues.

MY VISION: Every women to wakeup more inspired to live a more joyful life through expressing themselves  more freely and more creatively.

MY MISSION: Is to commit all my talent and all my energies to build that world so I paint, I make videos, I teach, I invite…I do anything that I can to advance my VISION that was set in motion by my WHY.


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Nathalie Villeneuve is a Canadian-born visual artist. Her paintings are best described as Expressionist meets Parisian chic. Villeneuve’s, strong influence of Franz Marc, a German printmaker considered a pioneer of the German Expressionist movement, creates a series of heavy lines contrasting bright colors fading into soft brush strokes on canvas. Her body of work depicts women in dance, cinema, photography and even the mundane such as sitting at a Cafe or by the beach. The scenes she creates on canvas consists of elegant, long-legged feminine figures gracefully perched and seem frozen in time during moments of peaceful reflections. Villeneuve, a Meriden resident has shown her artwork at various galleries and venues in Connecticut and Canada. She now has a growing body of collectors throughout the U.S. Northeast. Ms. Villeneuve studied at the Dicksen Art Center/UCLA under Professor Roger Herman towards receiving her Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Art. For more information:

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