The work of April Coppini, a Portland-based artist known for her large, gestural renderings of animals, will debut on Saturday, March 2 at the High Desert Museum in the new exhibition The Beauty of Wild Things: Charcoal Drawings by April Coppini.
Coppini is renowned for her ability to breathe life into depictions of the Pacific Northwest’s wild inhabitants, capturing them in a way that’s both arresting and authentic to the moment. Working from photographs, Coppini draws the immediacy of something about to happen and animal behavior that is true to life.
“She wants you to experience the same sense of wonder you have when you happen upon animals in the wild,” said Andries Fourie, Museum curator of art and community engagement. “With the trumpeter swans, you can almost hear the cackling sound. With the foxes, you can feel the buzz of motion right before something momentous.”