Vern graduated from San Jose State University with a BA and an MA in art. He has taught his forging and toolmaking classes for both UCSC Extension and Cabrillo College. With a total of 18+ years with Cabrillo, Vern was also an adjunct instructor and teaching assistant in the Cabrillo Art Department. His classes are held in his private studio located in Santa Cruz, California. Please visit the Shop Tour to see pictures of his actual studio.
An article from August 2010 in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on a former student mentions Vern... CLICK HERE TO READ
In addition to being an artist and teaching art classes, Vern spends time working in his studio on his collection of old cars. His current project is reconstructing his 1933 Ford that was severely damaged in a fire. Plans for the body reconstruction of the 1933 Ford are still in progress but Vern plans is to convert the 4-door sedan into a 2-door roadster, which he has named "El Ranchito". To see the reconstruction, click here.
Vern has one daughter in Arizona, Tina, who created this web site for him. Tina takes after her father and is also an artist. She sells a line of personalized and Hand painted pottery through her business and web site called Little Miss Arty Pants. To view Tina's web site, click here.