LaVerne's first memory of Cape Cod started with a vacation in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It was love at first sight. She recalls a profusion of rambling roses, sparkling water, sunny beaches, and white picket fences. She spent all of her summers there until she completed her formal art education, then married a Provincetown man and settled there where their three children were born.
Although she had been painting most of her adult life, LaVerne began her art career in earnest in 1989 after years as a businesswoman in Orleans, MA. Since then her art talent and art works have been recognized and commemorated by twenty-one First Place awards plus numerous Best in Show awards in prestigious competitions such as those sponsored by the Pastel Society of America, the Leo Diehl Competitions, and the Copley Society of Boston where she is a Signature Member.
It is not often that one finds an artist so extraordinarily proficient in oil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic. Her fine color sense, composition, simplicity, and loose style, which she consistently demonstrates in her art, are the very qualities jurors and judges alike clearly appreciate.
Her formal education was acquired at Michigan State University, and the Butera School of Art, and Massachusetts College School of Art. Beyond that she studied privately with such renowned artists as Henry Hensche, Claude Croney, Marshall Joyce, Al Brouilette, and Frank Webb. Over the last decade her art talent has been duly recognized and public demand for her work has increased accordingly. This has led to LaVerne teaching her own private courses in composition, oil and watercolor and being invited to demonstrate her painting style to a variety of organizations. On top of that she has been selected to participate as judge or juror of several Cape-wide art competitions. Her professional affiliations include the Copley Society of Boston, Creative Arts Center, and the Cape Museum of Fine Arts.
Presently, if you'd like to see LaVerne's art up close and personal , it is on display and for sale at:
Chatham Art Gallery, Chatham, MA
J. Todd Gallery, Wellesley, MA
Woods Hole Gallery, Woods Hole, MA