Veron Ennis is a Florida-based modern abstract painter and sculptor, born just outside of Washington D.C. Her work addresses control in a chaotic world. Creating a balanced composition full of unique, energised tension, each painting is arresting and engaging and she has managed to get us totally hooked here at House of Coco.
Her technique marries precision painting and drawing with improvised and spontaneous applications of paint and here she tells us more…
When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?
I officially registered as an artist and formed my company in 2011. I opened my studio, VEMA – Veron Ennis Modern Art, to the public in March 2014. I work full-time in the studio and have open doors on Saturdays during a Green Market that is in the same complex. I have a strong connection to the local art community and wanted to contribute. I host bi-monthly Art Talks where artists come from all over the city to talk shop and bounce ideas off each other.
Whats your background?
I was born in Fairfax, Virginia in the United States, a city just outside of Washington, D.C. I have a degree in Graphic Design from Virginia Tech. I took numerous Art History classes and always knew I would be a painter after college. I have a love for design- graphic, interior, and fashion and it heavily influences my work. Modern Art history also is a major influence.
I spent years writing for art publications, guest curating for galleries and universities, managing galleries, guest speaking, and participating on art committees all while building my career and business as an artist. Art is a passion and a business challenge. It never stops being pure fun and excitement for me.
How many people are involved in the company and what are their roles?
On the books, it’s just me, but I have such magnificent support from the people that surround me, locally and globally. Like a big tribe, the artists and people I’ve connected with over the years all help each other succeed. We all try to rise together.
If you could start over with the business, would you do anything differently?
Not a thing. It’s been a great journey. All the timing was perfect.
What is the hardest challenge you have faced since you started the company?
Finding enough time to create.
Tell us one fact about you that people wouldn’t know?
I’m Catholic. Shhh. It freaks people out.
2015 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?
I’m launching a furniture line. Designer Dwayne Bergmann and I are partnering on a modern line of furniture based on the design of my cube sculptures. Our first prototype will be completed in December.
To date, what has been the highlight since launching?
This year I traveled to London to be filmed by Illuminum London, the fine fragrance company, at their gallery. Princess Kate wore Illuminum’s White Gardenia Petals as her wedding perfume. My cube sculpture, titled Champagne, that was recently featured in Vogue’s Gallery in British Vogue, was exhibited there. The owner of HW Gallery that represents me in Naples, Florida flew in, as did the owner of Illuminum. We had the best time! Immediately after, I flew to Riga, Latvia for a collector’s wedding. It meant a lot to me to be traveling because of my work, not just as a tourist.
Which city do you feel most at home in, London, Paris or New York?
New York. I grew up visiting New York multiple times a year from Northern Virginia to go to museums and shop. My family would take the train in from DC.
Three beauty products you can’t leave the house without?
Blinc liquid eyeliner in black. It’s unstoppable.
Illuminum London fragrance Piper Leather…or Tribal Black Tea. Or both, I wear them simultaneously and they blend perfectly.
Kevin Murphy Resort Spray for my hair. It smells like heaven and the texture is incredible.
Communicating who you are by visually composing yourself with confidence.
Best thing about London to you?
The Street Style!
Statement shoe or statement bag?
If you had to, what piece of clothing from your wardrobe would you wear everyday?
Black Pencil Skirt
Favourite love song?
Stickshifts and Safetybelts by Cake. My husband is going to love this answer.
Best place for a coffee?
Most memorable piece of advice given to you?
There’s always enough time. There’s always enough money.
Watching Star Wars or a Wes Anderson film while Pinteresting
If you could spent 24 hours in anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In future, how do you plan on expanding the company?
Upcoming major projects include the furniture line, a large public art sculpture, my new cube sculpture design, and some exciting installations and exhibitions.
Find out more about Veron and her work here…
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