Verna Brady in
Verna (far right) and friends from the Paris school enjoying a café in Paris.
Heading off to classes.
Verna's Paris teachers
The Painting Journey in Paris
Verna's experience in Paris had a huge affect on the direction of her painting. Before this, she had painted realistically. These workshops took her painting to another level. Verna describes her journey from realistic painting to abstract expressionism during her classes, especially with mentor George McNeil, in her book, My Search for the Real, A Visual Odyssey. In this excerpt from her book, she describes her transition, the influence of McNeil on her painting, and her movement from realism to abstract expressionism where she doesn't just paint what she sees, but what she feels. It becomes more about spirit than form.
Some of the paintings from the Paris class, transitioning from the realistic still life
to more abstract and expressionistic.