Artists often see the world in a different way than the average person, and many times their creative ventures offer a new angle on what the rest of us see. Therese Verner of Agua Dulce demonstrates those skills despite the fact she’s legally blind.
Verner’s first successful artistic venture was designing and creating custom stained glass windows. They were sold and installed in several Los Angeles area homes.
The local artist earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology & psychology, graduating summa cum laude from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. She had a long career in software development, managing design teams at St. Jude Medical and Photo Research in the San Fernando Valley. She was a software engineer for medical systems in San Diego as well.
A self-taught artist, much of Verner’s work in recent years has included oil painting and mixed-media, which are inspired by her love of nature and color harmony. She has returned to working with stained glass by making it a part of her mixed-media work.
In 2018 she was awarded an Arts and Accessibility Grant by the National Arts and Disability Center.
She has had more than one challenge where her eyesight is concerned. She sees well enough to complete her artwork, but she has no peripheral vision.
“I lost most of my sight in my right eye due to myopic degeneration,” the artist explained. “I also have glaucoma which has affected the sight in both my eyes.”
Life experiences also continue to shape the evolution of her artwork, even through personal medical challenges. Last year Verner was diagnosed with breast cancer and during radiation treatment she created the “Radiating Sunflower” series, which expressed her intense emotions at that time.
Verner curated her largest solo exhibition, including 60 pieces of art, at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts in January 2020.
“I created two paintings specifically for that show, because the venue has beautiful, large walls.”
More than 10 museums and galleries have exhibited her artwork, and sold some of her works of art.
Those venues include:
Poway Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA)
SLOMA (San Luis Obispo Museum of Art)
Santa Paula Art Museum
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum
The Latino Art Museum
The Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum
BG Gallery Santa Monica
La Galeria Gitana
SCAA Art Gallery
Lancaster Museum of Art CEDARFEST
Laemmle Playhouse 6
Graphic Experience Gallery
Brooks Theater Gallery
Saga Fine Art gallery.
Verner is also an active member of the Santa Clarita Artists Association. She joins nine other members of the nonprofit organization who have been accepted to Under and Above the Sea: A Way of Life Worth Protecting.
This exhibit, at La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando, will run from March 21 to May 1, 2020.
The local artists who are also included in the exhibit are:
-Jerry Cowart – Etsy.com/shop/ PhotosbyJerryCowart
-Olga Kaczmar – Fineartamerica.com/profiles/olga-kaczmar.html
-Dody Rogers – Santaclaritaartists.org/dody-rogers.html
-Jeanne Iler – Facebook.com/jeanne.iler
-Laurie Morgan – Lauriemorgan.biz
-Rosanne Haddad – Rosannehaddad.com
-Lynda Frautnick – Lyndafrautnick.com
-Patty O’Hearn – Santaclaritaartists.org/patty-ohearn.html
You may contact Therese Verner through email at email@example.com to share your ideas about her work, purchase paintings, custom work or prints. Visit Fineartbythereseverner.com.