Veronica Funk studied Art & Design at Red Deer College in the mid-1980s and is currently completing her math and science requirements towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree through Thompson Rivers University. She is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Alberta Society of Artists and long-time resident of Airdrie, Alberta. Veronica’s work has been exhibited across North America and is found in private and corporate collections world-wide, including a Reserve in Northern Ontario and personal collection of Landon Pearson (Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson’s daughter-in-law). Her writing on the arts has been printed in numerous international publications and she is the recipient of several awards including the Federation of Canadian Artists Tinyan Chan Award and Fortis Alberta Airdrie Mayor’s Night Professional Artist Award as well as being a Nominee for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta award. Inspired by urban and natural environments, she combines symbols, imagery and vibrant colour along with many layers of pattern to create her visual stories.
Growing up in northern Manitoba I was surrounded by boreal forest, rivers and lakes. Now I live in a rapidly growing region surrounded by nature. Incorporating an urban quality to the paintings through the use of hand cut stencils and stamps, both past and present are reflected. Inspiration that came from my childhood north of ’56 and the qualities of urban art reflect the place I reside today. My goal is to reflect the beauty of nature and culture to honour the place I came from while integrating the freedom of street art in layers of bold colour and pattern.
For many years as the Arts & Culture Coordinator for my community’s local library as well as co-founder of the Creative Airdrie Society, collaboration as an artist has been extremely important to me. Not only for community beautification projects and events, but also in my personal practice. Somewhere along the way we forget that we are all creative, that failure is part of the creative act, and that as a group our work becomes stronger. My work incorporates layers of acrylic colour and pattern on stretched canvas referencing graffiti while combining past and present to create a visual story.