Veronica Potter is a Marine Veteran and artist who danced her way through life—literally teaching ballroom dancing and performing as a flamenco dancer. So, while most people find it hard to stay put these days, Veronica sees this time as an opportunity to soldier on, go with the flow and create more art.
“I’ve made at least 15 collages since May,” says Veronica from her lovely Garlands home, where her vibrant, original artwork adorns the walls. This talented fine artist is well-versed in watercolor, collage, woodcut and icon painting, plus, she tickles the ivories a bit during quarantine too!
Before she called The Garlands home, Veronica taught art classes to some of The Garlands founding members. In fact, a couple of her former students are now her neighbors! She was also the first member to exhibit her artwork at The Gallery at the Garlands.
Veronica’s artistic talent runs in the family. She handed down her dancing shoes, so to speak, to her pirouetting granddaughters who recently performed at a socially distant, drive-up, outdoor high school show, much to Veronica’s delight.
It is Veronica’s positive outlook that fuels her joy in creating and gets her through the Coronavirus’ constraints. “I can still put on my (bright red!) lipstick, walk outdoors, do art as much as I like, and see my family online,” she says, adding that her faith also helps her stay strong and upbeat in these uncertain times.
And now, for her next act: Veronica is working on a copper, metal, and acid etching to honor the birth of her seventh great-grandbaby due this month. Etching is a new art form for this experienced printmaker who continues to push her creative boundaries – COVID be darned!