St Louis, Missouri · 47 Sales



St Louis, Missouri 47 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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April Payton

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April Payton


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doodleduck on Jan 10, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Wow this doll is PERFECT! It is also bigger than I expect, even though the description said it was about 6", for some reason I was thinking it must be smaller since it was only $25. I was able to customize it as a yellow princess with tiny gold circlet, yellow flower wand and big white bow in the back and without wings. It exceeded expectation and I couldn't recommend this shop highly enough!!!

Anonymous on Nov 27, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

very pretty

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The Story of AprilArtistry

Artist Statement:

First of all, I would like to address my background. Both of my parents are unbelievably creative people. My mother is very artistic and musical. She has spent a great deal of her life sharing her talents with many grateful students {including myself} who have grown to
appreciate art and music more than ever, thanks to her innovative teaching styles and passion for her work. My father is also very musical and creative, having received a doctorate in music composition.

My parents raised me and my three siblings in a very rich and cultured household. Vivaldi, Debussy and Stravinsky were just some of our favorites growing up. My father also read
fantastic literature to us almost every night of the week. I am pleased to say, one of my earliest memories is feeling pride for Éowyn of Rohan when she slayed the Witch-king.

Both of my parents also come from very creative backgrounds as well. My late grandfather was actually talented in many aspects, one being that he was a painter. He had an incredible style and I am proud to carry on his legacy.

Now, I would like to address myself as an artist. I create simply because when I do not, I can not function adequately. Most of my life I have felt like I was in a sort of cage. I was trapped by this or that obligation taking up almost all of my time, not allowing me enough moments to spare clearing my mind and heart of all of the creativity filling me so completely. It was as if I was drowning from the inside. Sometimes I was able to find a small outlet here or there to drain my artistry, giving me a little room to breathe. For the most part however, like most artists, I have never had the complete artistic freedom and time to do all the things necessary for me to be able to sleep at night.

I was finally able to leave my ‘cage’ last September. I had been working as a sales rep at ATT for about a year and a half. It was a fine job, but I simply did not have enough time for my creativity. A string of unfortunate incidents occurred over the course of the year 2013,
leading to my diagnosis of diabetes. It was devastating at the time, and I am still processing everything, but when all the dust settles, I thank God for everything that happened. I was able to quit my job and immediately begin to use the skills and passions God gave me. It took me a couple months to get on my feet, but with the support and encouragement of my loved ones and God, I can now call myself a successful freelance graphic designer and visual artist.

I can see now that I had put myself in that cage. God never wanted me in there. In fact, the door was open the whole time. He has been trying to coax me out of it for years. I was afraid to leave. I didn’t trust that He would take care of me. Now that I am free and I am using the gifts He gave me, I can see Him taking care of me. Not only that, but He is taking care of me by allowing me to do what I love. I have never felt such extraordinary love.

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. Psalm 63:3

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  • April Payton

    Owner, Creator

    Graphic Designer. Painter. Seamstress. Needle-Felter. Photographer. Crafter. Christian. Sister. Daughter. Girlfriend. Aunt. Diabetic. Dog-Lover. Friend. Overgeneralizer. Catastrophizer. Pedestrian. Robot(scratch that)Human. American. Starving Artist.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 6, 2015
Welcome to my shop! I spend a great deal of time and attention on all of my work. Please feel free to ask me any questions! I love to talk about my art.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
During the week I ship the item out within three days. I use USPS, UPS or Fedex. Please let me know if you have a preference of which service I use. If you would like tracking I am happy to include that for an additional fee.
Refunds and Exchanges
I guarantee full satisfaction with all of my products. However, if for some reason, you are unsatisfied with any item from my shop, you will receive a full refund immediately and I will pay for shipment of the returned item.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do have wholesale options available. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding wholesale.