Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Vern Busby, ASA



Young Marilyn, Vern Busby

Verne Busby has lived and worked most of his life in Edmonton, Alberta. He received his BA in 1972 and Secondary Education Teaching Certificate (1974) from the University of Manitoba. In 1975 he received his permanent British Columbia secondary teaching certificate. Returning to Edmonton he furthered his design experience with a two year Design Arts diploma from Grant McEwan College Design Arts (1977) and further continued design studies at the University of Alberta.

Verne Busby joined Bella Totino forming Totino Busby Design Inc., an independent design and illustration studio. Totino Busby Design attracted a wide range of clientele interested in visual design ranging from brand identity, printed works, environmental graphics, web design, illustration, broadcast design and animation.

Verne has taught part time at the University of Alberta Faculty of Art and Design, Visual Communications and moderates life drawing sessions bi-monthly at the Edmonton Wecan Society Artists co-operative Harcourt House. Verne has been resident artist at the University of Saskatchewan – Kenderdine Campus Emma Lake in 2010, and the Ted Harrision Artist Retreat – Carcross, Yukon in 2011.  Self directed monthly residencies have been completed in 2012 on Bere Island Ireland and 2014 close to the Tyne Valley, PE. Plein air painting has been the focal point of all residencies. In the past year Verne has been chosen to complete two permanent public art installations in the varying mediums of mosaic vitreous glass and the second work in steel. Verne’s works are available in galleries in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and other western Canadian cities.


Late Summer Warmth, Vern Busby


Could you tell us about your influences?
I have been a gallery painter for ten years now. I was a late starter. I was influenced most by other gallery painters I had the opportunity to plein air paint, studio paint, and exchange ideas. I also have been involved in an artist co-operative for twenty years. There I met many talented artists and sculptors. They became life friends and influences.

Which body of your work would you consider most successful to date?
Public art over the last two years has really captured my interest as an opportunity to my personal visual language in public spaces. These projects are much longer and drawn out than the gallery work. But the rewards can be surprising. The audience is diverse and really varied. Collaboration with other professionals in the development and construction of the artworks plus the feedback on the completed pieces was an education and boost for me.

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