Tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and I’ve lived in the city ever since 2005. I currently live in Ravenswood with my husband and son and I work in my home studio. Since 2005 I’ve taught at a number of schools in Illinois from high schools in the suburbs to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2018 I transitioned out of teaching again to get back to my own practice and raising my son. I’ve been a Midwesterner all of my life, but my family and I are moving to southern California in the summer of 2019.
You can find Veronica’s artwork on her website. You can also follow her on Instagram @vbrucewoodward
What kinds of art do you create?
I am a painter at my core but my explorations of painting have led me to working in installation, photography, and sculpture. In the last few years I’ve been focusing primarily on painting-collages. In my new body of work, I have repurposed portions of previous paintings in large scale collages on canvas with a thematic focus on the intersection of the spiritual and the material. I strive for compositional clarity and simplicity with only having 3-5 decisions per piece. I enjoy the challenge of creating a visually engaging image with minimal choices. It forces confident moves. It’s easy to go overboard (which I’ve definitely done in the past), it’s much harder to do less.
How did you get started?
I’ve been painting since I was a child. I recall declaring that I would be an artist by the second grade. I have pursued a painting practice ever since.
Describe your artistic style:
My artistic style is clean and balanced with vibrant energy.