My work flows from my sensory, spiritual and intellectual experience of being alive.
As a visual artist, I am very interested in the peripheral senses - that is, our perception beyond sight, beyond the direct gaze. How we perceive the world through all our physical and metaphysical senses, and how this perception informs our spiritual and intellectual being, is a source of continuous inquiry in my life, and thus in my art.
Just to see is not enough; I must be aware of my whole body, heart and mind in space and time. To be open and aware of my human existence in this marvellous world, and to try to see beyond surface appearances, are integral to my art practice.
Verna Vogel was born and raised on a farm in Southern Ontario. She has since lived in several Canadian provinces, and also in Malaysia for a time.
Verna attended the Studio Arts Program at Capilano University in Vancouver BC, where she studied painting with Marcus Bowcott and Nancy Boyd, printmaking with Wayne Eastcott. She then received an award from the BC Centre For International Education to attend the full 3rd Year Fine Arts Program at Institut Seni Lukis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for one year.
She has exhibited her work in commercial and public galleries in Canada, and her works can be found in collections in Canada, the US, Europe and Malaysia.
Verna currently resides in Calgary AB, where she maintains a committed studio practice.
Bluerock Gallery Inc. acknowledges the land in which it is is situated on as the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.