Vera has just recently joined the team here at LAA! She has been an active member of the art community for many years, with her unique style and fun creations!
In Vera's own words: The hard-edge design and bold contrast of Vera's pen and ink drawings are a sharp contrast to the soft curves of her sculptures. "I have completed many pen and ink drawings based on fragments of thought. The drawings are like puzzles to me and are all created by using some form of measurement. The drawing process is very meditative and challenging. You just cannot allow mistakes with ink. It's a mental game for me." A retired world class cyclist turned artist, has transformed the emotion and motion of over 15 years of world class bike racing into an array of creative expressions, ranging from her bold black and white ink work to sculpture, to acrylics on canvas. "I would very much like to believe everything is as simple as black and white, However... it's not. It's only black and white on the surface. If you take a closer look... things become a little more complex and a little more complicated. Just as ... "all of us" Vera's newest artistic ventures is studying the fabrication methods of metal and steel. 'I love the thought of bringing my black and white ink work to life by creating them as metal or steel wall sculptures'. Vera has also appeared live on the QVC Home Shopping Network displaying her unique bike chain-link necklace. Vera's work is of expressionism, abstract ideas, emotions, memories, and fragments of thought. She has been a guest speaker for the Otter Lake Literary Club, Commencement Speaker for Lakeville High School, and is a proud member of the Flint Artist Market and the Lapeer Art Association, An artist at Art Prize in Grand Rapids MI. along with participating in numerous art exhibits. She is also the designer for Lapeer Michigan's first public sculpture titled 'New Life & Harmony'. In 1987 when Vera began her cycling career as an amateur racer. Over the next five years, she accumulated enough wins to be rated a Cat 2 racer in the sport and was invited to the Olympic Trials in 1992. After winning 8 State Championship Titles and 2 National medals, Vera traveled to Russia as a member of the U.S. Masters National Team to participate in the Master's World Championship races. There, she captured an astonishing 5 Gold Medals and One Silver Medal. Vera had retired from competition in 1999 and puts most of her extra energy into her artwork. 'I never thought that I could find anything to replace my passion for cycling, but creating art has certainly done that.'
The LAA is located in Gallery 194 194, W Nepessing, Lapeer, MI 48446