Verna's interest in art began at an early age
on a farm south of Unity, Saskatchewan, where she remembers
glorious sunsets across the prairie sky. This beginning resulted
in a life-long pursuit to capture realistic and semi-abstract
images in nature. In her own words, she describes her painting...
"It is my hope that my paintings may reflect and capture some of
the beauty, the order and the harmony found in nature and in the
world around us."
Verna paints in oils, acrylics and watercolors depending upon
the nature of the subject. Since she has lived in a variety of
places in Canada and abroad, her paintings represent various
topics from landscapes to seascapes, from still life to
portraits. In recent years the disappearance of the prairie
elevators prompted Verna to paint a series of them in memory of
her parents and many other pioneers who farmed and settled the
prairies. The Alberta landscape continues to be her prime
motivation for painting. She feels that under the prairie skies,
no scene can be duplicated as the light and sky conditions
constantly change providing a chance for endless inspiration.
Verna received her Art & Design diploma from the Red Deer
College and has taken numerous art workshops. She is an active
member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and belongs to
several art affiliated groups. Solo exhibitions of her elevator
series were shown at the Harcourt House in Edmonton and The
Red Deer, Alberta. She has participated in numerous group and
juried exhibitions in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Her paintings have been purchased by individuals, by
corporations and by Alberta Culture.
Verna currently works out of her studio near Rocky Mountain
House, Alberta. She participates in an 'Open Studio Tour' in the
Rocky area and the public is welcome to visit her studio on July
16th, 17th, & 18th, 2010. For more details, refer to
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