Born in Falmouth, the artist completed foundation work at the Falmouth School of Art, before attending the Winchester School of Art (1980-3) and doing postgraduate work at the Chelsea School of Art. Her first solo exhibition was at the City Artists Gallery (1986) followed by four solo shows of her work at the Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London. In 1986 she received the Jacob Mendelssohn Award.
In 1987 her work was included in the Celtic Vision Travelling Exhibition at NAG, and in Cardiff (Chapter Gallery).
Verran is a part-time tutor in the Fine Art Course (BA Hons) at University College Falmouth. In 2010 she was the First Prize Winner in the Jerwood Drawing Prize for her drawing, Bolus-Space.