August Vernon began his formal training at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh during the late 80's and launched his illustrative career in 1990. Vernon's early years took him through Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Palm Beach, Miami, and Key West. Fascinated by both the scale and beauty of the mural painting that he'd seen, Vernon set out to create larger scale works of color and vibrancy. In short time, he created a number of famous and beloved public works of art throughout Pennsylvania. He was nominated in 2004 for The Governors Award for the Arts by Pa. Senators, John Pippy and Sean Logan for the 4000 sq ft mural in the city of McKeesport titled "Discovering McKeesport" client UPMC).
In 2008, Vernon combined his mural and portrait ability with live performance painting (known as speed painting), creating artworks in-front of large audiences for NFL legends such as Hines Ward and Jerome Bettis. August was invited to perform his live painting in 2010 for His Excellency Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States, Luis Benigno Gallegos Chiriboga, as well as His Excellency Ambassador Gilles Noghes under the patronage of his Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. In 2011 August performed live for the United States Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steeler owner, Dan Rooney at Heinz Field.
Today, he creates from his studio/gallery in downtown Gulfport, FL working on commissions throughout the United States. August Vernon's quest for originality is what he refers to as "the journey to the masterpiece", which can be seen in his creation and works of Sculptural Expressionism lovingly called "Wallflowers".