A key word to describe Vera Long’s art and life would be vitality. She simultaneously dwells in a netherworld of tactile emotion and refined ambiguity while exploding out with fierce mark-making and completely unrestrained color. She communicates a boldness of statement, with a subtle peripheral sensibility. She grew up in Los Angeles attending french and art schools. She left one urban jungle for another, traveling to Africa and living with the nomadic people of Uganda, the Karamojong. She was a wildland firefighter for 6 years before starting a family. Narrowly surviving a landslide in La Conchita reignited a fierce passion for spirituality in art, which makes her doubly happy to call Ojai home.