Vera’s STory

Born in Paris, France, Vera spent her first ten years of life exploring and absorbing the rich artistic influences that were seemingly everywhere.

While attending French schools, she was taught to write at first using watercolors and a paintbrush and later by the use of ink and dip pens.  Precision and neatness was emphasized.  Art was a valued subject of the curriculum.  Artistic concepts were discussed and reinforced by weekly lessons and occasional trips to museums.  Vera was strongly influenced by the Renaissance art that predominated. This engendered a true passion in art that has continued to this day.

Moving to the United States brought numerous opportunities to explore life on so many levels.

Vera was encouraged to continue to develop her artistic skills while learning the language and assimilating into a new culture.  Embracing the newness, challenges, and  possibilities became a foundation for Vera. This approach to life found its way into her artistic exploration through creatively incorporating art into busy periods of life.  A registered nurse by profession, Vera nevertheless was involved in providing medical illustrations for her biology professor.  Later, she helped create and develop a coloring book for elementary school children that dealt with disability awareness and head injury prevention as part of the hospital’s community outreach educational program.

For Vera, art is an all encompassing endeavor that looks to embrace different media, subject matters, and styles.

Her art in pastel, watercolor, and acrylic has been displayed in the 2005 San Diego Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Exhibit, the San Diego Watercolor Society, and  private collections.  After many years of visiting the North Lake Tahoe area, Vera made it her permanent home in 2017.  Drawn to the abundant beauty and inspirational opportunities that Lake Tahoe provides, her artistic exploration continues.