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.
Vera Long Painter
Epsylon – ink & pastel on heavy paper 30 x 40″ Vera Long 2018~mv2
Epsylon – ink & pastel on heavy paper 30 x 40″ Vera Long 2018
Soledad de Perseverancia
Menders, healers, weavers, wise wild women… Mothers, grandmothers, indigenous, “immigrants“ on their own earth, women of color, the 99%, working class, working poor, givers, the colonized, soul keepers, music makers, marginalized yet core backbone of nations, invisibles- the beautiful forgiving lush organic mind coping, shining through the millennium dust of oppression. Our menders… collective keepers of mercy, innovation, kindness, fruiting care and toiling support – Honoring them with Just Equity is our salvation. Viva La Raza. Honor Treaties. Rezpect. People over Profit. All people are Our People. Roots of Grass Grow Strong when Interwoven
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