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 her work 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 living in Nunavut for 5 years, Vera returned south where she left her "job" to complete a 2 year portfolio development program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). She has won an Applied Arts Award recognizing creative excellence, been featured on a number of online sites including Lenscratch, and been published in both the Applied Arts and SHOTS magazines.
Through her work, Vera focuses her attention on issues of identity, the fragility of life and the passage of time.
She currently lives on a lake in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan but she still misses the smell of the ocean.