Verna Vogel has been been a practising visual artist for several decades. Her artworks have been shown in commercial and public galleries across Canada, and her paintings have been acquired by private collectors around the world. She graduated with honours from the Studio Arts Foundation Program at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC. where she studied painting, drawing, sculpture, and print making. She then received an international study grant to attend the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) in Kuala Lumpur for a full calendar year. She completed MIA’s third year Fine Arts Program with a focus on Chinese ink painting.
Verna’s practice taps into perceptions beyond the direct visual gaze, allowing viewers to self-reflect and experience her work in a more spiritual and metaphorical way. To create this experience, she currently composes all of her paintings with her eyes closed, relying on her body’s spatial movements to create a balance of forms. Then with eyes open, she adds colour and depth to finish the work.
Verna teaches art making processes with students in public and private schools, encouraging exploration and non-linear ways of seeing. She is also a Board member of the Alberta branch of CARFAC, which promotes and advocates for arts and culture across Canada.
Verna Vogel was born in Ontario and is currently based in Calgary, AB. Creating and showing her work, teaching, and arts advocacy are ways in which she hopes to contribute to a better, more balanced world.