A native of Russian, Vera Neel grew up in a miraculous place on our planet where winter’s ice turns quickly to the heat of summer and you can see amazing changes in the unexplored wilderness all around. That place is southern Siberia in Russia. She absorbed that beauty of nature and her artistic soul always looked for an exit through art; ballet, music, drawing and photography were her partners in life as a child and young adult.
After moving to the United States from Russia in 2005, the study and practice of art helped her adjust to American life connecting with her newly adopted culture through drawing, painting, and computer design and by frequenting galleries and museums in New Mexico and other states. Eventually, she pursued a formal education in digital media as a graphic designer and began a new career in this field while continuing to pursue her love of painting.
Landscapes, animals and figurative painting are her favorite things to paint. She studied painting with Masters such as David Mayer, Peter Nisbet, Leo Neufeld, Albert Handell, and many others, and participated in the Rio Grande Art Association, New Mexico Art League, and Artists ‘Round Town.
Vera has had the opportunity to show her work in Gallery Taos Artist Collective and many local exhibitions and venues including the Pasta House Café, New Mexico Bank & Trust, Lovelace Medical Center, Milly's Cafe, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Kimo Theatre, Bernalillo County offices, Law School Gallery and various other locations.
She was an exhibitor in the first annual Corrales Quilt and Wine Festival in 2008, the Annual New Mexico Masterworks Art show in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018, and !Encantada! in 2014-2018. Her painting "Dreams of Carnival" got awards of excelence in NM Masterwork 2018.