Thornhill Verma, Jenn

Jenn is a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian descended from a long line of fishers – settlers who voyaged from Europe to Newfoundland and Labrador for the promise of plentiful cod. For more than a decade, she has called Ottawa, Ontario home.

To handle the torment of a suffering east coast heart too far removed from the Atlantic Ocean, Jenn paints scenes reminiscent of where she grew up. Her landscapes feature outport and coastal communities in all of their perfectly imperfect glory—clapboard saltbox houses, hand-made wooden dories and skiffs, crooked wharves and docks, fishing stages and sheds, stunted trees and rocks.

Jenn holds a Master of Science in Medicine, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction and a Bachelor in Journalism and Biology. In 2020, Jenn became a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow. In the same year, Jenn’s artwork was recognized for “Best Cover” in the magazine category of the Atlantic Journalism Awards. Her artwork is also featured on the cover of her 2019 nonfiction book, “Cod Collapse: The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland’s Saltwater Cowboys.”


ARTWORK BY Thornhill Verma, Jenn