Veni has enjoyed a rewarding career as a multi-disciplinary creative who has worn many hats—art director, graphic designer, design educator, writer, photographer, illustrator, communication specialist, and environmental advocate.
She completed an MFA in graphic design from Louisiana State University and a Fellowship in environmental communication from Loyola University New Orleans and maintains an endless curiosity in history, culture, and the natural world.
Veni credits her parents for instilling a creative work ethic and sense of pride in "imagination, curiosity, and building." Early entrepreneurial enterprises involved selling eggs from the Harlan hobby farm, drawing portraits of classmates, teaching riding lessons, modeling for local clothiers, designing college campaign materials, and syrup-making for the family soft drink business.
Many fine years were spent in the LSU Office of Public Relations, an "agency" for the academic side of the university. There were memorable stints in a few advertising agencies like Martin Flanagan Design, her solo practice, teaching design, and 10 years branding Marsh Dog, a company that utilizes the invasive species—wild nutria—in eco-sustainable dog treats.
Gulf Coast roots shape Veni's perspective towards creative work, which has been recognized in the fields of graphic design, fine art photography, environmental conservation, cultural documentation, and disaster preparedness.
Veni has contributed time and talent to a number of charitable and civic initiatives such as breast cancer awareness, youth entrepreneurs, responsible pet ownership, animal rescue, environmental education, child hospice, and cultural organizations for art, history, theatre, opera, and blues.
Today, Veni operates a solo design studio, works as a brand consultant, and is pursuing work on local documentary projects via her company, Far Field Publishing.
As a writer, Veni developed editorial and creative copy for multiple award-winning projects such as the Chancellor’s annual report as well as college recruiting campaigns, commercial editorial, and advertising content. She’s a published author of non-fiction and is currently working on the story of Barq’s Root Beer.
As a visual artist, Veni has exhibited fine art photography in juried shows across the country. She is especially interested in documenting hand-painted commercial signage by self taught artists and its intersection with entrepreneurism, micro-business, and urban economics.