An inspiration taken further, art uplifts and sings to the soul.
It brings joy and sense of achievement when done. It makes the artist unaware of time, it transforms her into an altered reality that is focused on the beauty of the creation. It is a statement that is read with the heart.
I started with drawing, and watercolours seemed a natural progression. As I got into watercolours, I wanted to experiment with new media which then led me to oils and acrylics. Each medium has something that I love about it and I go in spurts as the passion takes me working with different media. I find inspiration in colours, in nature, and most of all in people.
I love to experiment with abstract paintings to bring out freedom, colour and movement.
I enjoy painting faces that convey an emotion…it seems to bring life out to the spectator. I am also inspired by architecture, working in the architectural field . Most of the architecture that I paint has a sentimental nostalgic value going back to my childhood in
My abstracts are a beautiful interaction of colour and shape that comes straight from the soul. It speaks differently to others and mirrors their own life experiences, making it the most intimate artform.
I feel that I am constantly growing and changing in my creative endeavors.
Vera was born in Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Canada as a young teenager with her parents. Her love of drawing and her "nostalgic" love of beautiful buildings led her to a choice of career in architecture. She spent 2 years at the Shool of Architecture Uof T and while there was exposed to various forms of art like photography, colour and coordination design study, silk screening, drawing.
She didn't complete her studies in architecture, got married and found employment as a drafter, creating technical drawings by hand.
Photography was an art form that she kept working at, taking various college courses and developing her own black and white photography.
As her children grew up and there was more spare time, she started dabling in watercolour and discovered a new passion in painting! She took several watercolour courses with professional artists.. . Later she wanted to explore painting in different media and took Oil painting at the Varley gallery in Markham. Oil is fabulous for mixing colour, but takes so long to dry. After trying out some acrylic paints she knew that acrylic was her medium, she just loved the bright colours and textures of the acrylic medium. Many workshops with experienced artists developed her techniques further.
Sep. 2008 - Markham48 Studio Tour
Nov. 2008 - Markham Show and Sale on Main St. Markham (Markahm Arts Council)
Apr. 2009 - Gheco Gallery on Main St. Markham
June 2009 - Markahm Art Show and Sale on Main St. Markham (Markahm Arts Council)
June 2009 - Unionville Festival (Markahm Arts Council)
Sep. 2009 - Markahm48 Studio Tour
Nov. 2009 - Markahm Art Show and Sale - Main St. Markahm (Markahm Arts Council)
Apr. 2010 - Heitzman House Spring Art Show
June 2010 - Markham Art Show - Unionville Main St. (Markahm Arts Council) -
won the People's #1Choice Award + article on my bio and work in
"Arts in Motion" publication
June 2010 - 2 pieces of art hanging in Markahm Municipal Offices until election time in Oct.
Aug. 2010 - Summer Show - Mill Pond Gallery Richmond Hill
Oct. 2010 - 2 day show - (2 artists) Mill Pond Gallery Richmond Hill
Nov.2010 - Holiday Show - group of artists at the Mill Pond Gallery, Richmond Hill
Dec. 2010 - Participated in the "Art & Soul" holiday food drive - Markham (painted a canvas)
Mar. 2011 - Mill Pond Gallery - 2 artist show
Mar. 2011 - Markham Arts Council Art Show and Sale - Markville Mall
Mar.2011 - Markham Group of Artists - "Breaking Boundaries" at the Square Art Gallery (Toronto) Jurried
Apr. 2011 - Heitzman House invitational Art Show and Sale Thornhill
Aug.2011 - Georgina Splash Festival - Art (juried entry )
Dec. 2011 - Markham Art Collective Art Show at the Markham Theatre
Jan.30,2012-Feb.28,2012 - Richmond Hill Group of Artists - group exhibition at the Markham Theatre
March 17-18,2012 - Mill Pond gallery (2 artists show)
Apr. 2012 - Heitzman House Invitational Art Show and Sale - Thornhill
Apr. 3,4,5,2013 - Markham Art Council Art Show and Sale - McKay House - Unionville
Apr. 2013 - Heintzman House Invitational Art Show and sale - Thornhill
Apr. 2014 - Heintzman House Art Show and sale - Thornhill
June 2014 - Mc Kay House group show
July 2014 - Millpond Gallery
June 2015 - McKay House group Art Show
July 2015 - McKay House 2 artists Art Show
Oct 2015 - Group Art Exhibition and sale at the Mill Pond Art Gallery
Nov 2015 - Open Juried Show - North York - Mill Pond Art Gallery
Sep. 21-25, 2016 - Markham Arts Council Fall Art Show at the McKay house
Apr16-May1, 2016 - Columbus Centre - Joseph Carrier Gallery - group show (7 artists)
Oct 8-15, 2016 - Willowdale Group of Artists fall show - at the North York Civic Centre
Nov 4, 2016 - Markham Arts Council Gala at Crystal Fountain - exhibiting artist
Nov 4,5, 2016 - Bold Expressions juried show at Bloor and Ossington Wonder Gallery
April 19-23, 2017 - Markham Arts Council Spring Art Show at the McKay House, Unionville
May 2017 - RHGA - Mill Pond Paint the Town jurried Art show
Oct 2017 - Markham Theatre - Paint the Town Exhibition
Nov 25-Dec 3,2017 - RHGA Small Treasures Show, Mill Pond Gallery
April 2018 - RHGA Annual Juried show - Mill Pond Gallery
Dec. 2018 - RHGA - Mill Pond - small Treasures show
Dec. 2018 - MGA show - Cornell Community Centre
Jan. 2019 - Art Square gallery group show
March 2019 - Mill Pond Gallery - show (2 artists)