Meet Your Hosts
April Howland has been been a professional artist for over 15 years. Inspired by nature and animals, April’s primary focus remains steady in her thriving wildlife series and domestic animal portrait business.
As she travels the globe from Alaska to Africa for inspiration, April’s eye for composition and design combined with her love of color enables her to create rich and unique art pieces. Her one of a kind style is a successful blend of contemporary and realism. She uses a variety of materials to accomplish her works but her methodology remains consistent. “To me, each piece of art is a beautiful learning experience with amazing shapes and tones working together to tell a story.”
April has been featured in a variety of publications and television news programs for her artwork which include Phoenix Home & Garden, Uptown Magazine, Images Magazine, Voyage Magazine, Scottsdale’s Foothills Focus, The Arizona Republic, PBS Horizon Arizona, Phoenix People, The Barking Beast San Diego and many local NBC, FOX and ABC news programs. April has many collectors both national and abroad and when she isn’t in the studio you can find her raising money for the Africa Foundation helping to support conservation and sustainability and also at the Phoenix Zoo as a committee member and co-founder of the “Art on the Wild Side” program that supports the zoo’s mission in conservation and caring for the natural world.
Susan Schmitz is a photographer/digital artist that specializes in stock imagery that assists the animal and travel industries in conveying memorable marketing messages in a single glance. Her work is licensed worldwide by companies such as Animal Planet, Pedigree, Dogster, Fodor’s Travel, The Huffington Post and other major brands.
Susan also mentors fellow photographers on the business of commercial stock photography and teaches advanced editing techniques in a laid back, fun and informative manner that fosters creativity, action and prosperity.
Susan has developed two separate bodies of work that portray her passions and compassion in unique ways.
A Dog’s Life Photography specializes in fun, whimsical and conceptual images of domestic animals. Most of the animal models used in her work were photographed through her Rescue Group Photo Program which was developed as a way to help animal welfare organizations to find fur-ever homes for pets by providing them with high-impact photos that give adoption ads greater visibility. To keep this program running, these images are then licensed through her stock photography library to the pet industry for their commercial marketing needs.
A Wild Life Photography features a library of both documentary style and creatively composited images that are representative of her wanderlust spirit, awe of nature and devotion towards animals of all kinds. A portion of proceeds of sales through this brand’s direct website are donated to various wildlife and nature conservation organizations worldwide.