Born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, photography has long been a “back burner” interest for Vera, but she didn't become serious about it until she moved north to Nunavut. Struggling to fit in, she turned to her photography to build a bridge between herself and the Inuit, a friendship of sorts - a visual record of an intangible exchange.
After returning south, Vera studied full time at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO), completing their portfolio development program. Through her work, she focuses her attention on issues of identity and the development of a "sense of place," the passage of time and the fragility of life. She currently lives in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan.
Vera won the Silver Award in Saskatchewan's Prairie Light Photography Festival in 2016 and has an Applied Arts Awards for her Sue and Winnie series and for an image from The Elevators. She was a runner up in the Creative Quarterly: Journal of Art and Design for her series Cry of the Lake Dwellers. Her work has been been published in several magazines including Ottawa Magazine, Black & White, Shots and Seites, and been featured on a number of online sites including The Atlantic and Lenscratch.
She is represented by Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan. For general inquiries, please click here to email her.