Vertna holds Ph.D. in Media & Communication with an emphasis on Film & Philosophy, an MFA in Film & Video Production with a Complementary Study in Mass Communication and a BFA in Film & Video Production.
She likes to think of her creative work as non-linear celebrations of experimentation. The art that she creates in her films and videos does not fit neatly into the Classical Hollywood style of filmmaking. Instead, her art is a vehicle that allows her to convey messages through non-traditional methods and is an outlet that lets her release innovative energy.
A surrealistic pattern seems to emerge in her work that creates a dreamlike mix of fact and fantasy. Her interest in expressing herself through film/books is a culmination of 20 years of working in, creating, and studying mass media as a copywriter, author, producer, videographer, filmmaker, editor, visual artist, professor, and two time Accolade Award winner.
She works in forms ranging from handmade/cameraless films, to 16mm and super 8 films, to video and broadcast television. Her collection of work includes avant-garde, documentary, narrative, television commercials and news topicals/promotions.
Her true passion is 16mm film because as a medium, she believes that can it be touched, felt, and manipulated more readily than video.