Art for me is a language and aid to understanding oneself and making sense of the world. My belief that art has a unique power to connect and fulfil people has been proven time and again in my work with diverse groups, from those in direct provision to professional artists. It is always a privilege to bring groups to a place where creativity touches people at all levels. There is a shared acknowledgement when something wonderfully creative happens. Whether it can be put into words or not, everyone present can sense its potential.
Vera has wide experience in managing projects. After running an interior design and fashion business for over 20 years, she graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, with a degree in Fine Print.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
The most consistent challenge is achieving the correct balance between creativity and finance. They are both very much connected and yet operate a little like bit oil and water and over react to each other. However we cannot continue to do what we do without income, so getting the balance right is vital. Having a variety of income streams is the ideal for me, in that some jobs can pay enough, on a regular basis, to carry me through the creative jobs that are not particularly well paid financially yet are greatly rewarding and fulfilling in many, many other ways.
What inspires you most about Kildare?
Kildare is a wonderfully rich creative county and it is very supportive of its many artists in a wide variety of creative areas. We have a great heritage going back many years. The Kildare County Council Arts Office team are a rich source of encouragement and support for individuals and groups.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
Variety of projects and skills and continue to learn, steadily pushing your professional development as you strive to be the best that you can be. For me it is important to connect creatively with as many as people as I can.
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