We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniela Werneck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniela, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My career as a watercolor artist was never planned. It was an opportunity that appeared in my life and I took the ride, like doors opening and I just got in as a destination already set. I never imagined that I would be an artist. I have always been creative and have always loved anything related to art but, my childhood dream was to be an architect, which is also art but more technical. With great natural drawing skills, my father enrolled me in weekly private drawing lessons when I was 16 years old, where I learned and practice for about 7 years after that. I graduated as an interior designer and I worked in an architecture company for 10 years. My life started to change when I moved from Rio de Janeiro (my hometown) to Perth, Australia due to my husband’s job. I had no English and two kids to help to adjust to the new life. At that time, I was forced to disconnect myself from the architecture, making me turn back to my drawings and paintings. In 2015, after we were relocated to Texas, I decided to enter one of my paintings in a watercolor competition just to be sure if what I was doing was good (or not), and I won. Many other shows came after, several other awards I have received, and that is how I go, taking advantage of the opportunities that appear in my life. I am incredibly grateful to them, as well as to all the collectors and fans of my art who support me every day.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a contemporary watercolor artist, my work is realistic and my subjects are mainly figurative. I love the details and the contrast between light and dark. I painting on clay panels, and usually, I work with a limited pallet, having no more than 5 colors in a painting. To be an artist is never easy, and I believe it is not easy because there are no rules, everything can be art, and sometimes I feel very lost. There are days that are really hard to see light in the dark, but I think the masterpieces always come after these moments of struggling. The obstacles in our lives are always meant to make us grow. When I am in these difficult days I try to study something related to painting, never disconnecting from my goal. Being surrounded by other artists, other techniques, having new knowledge always teases my own creativity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh My… I am a very quiet person, Home is my favorite place always. Houston is so big, very beautiful, and different from the cities I have lived in before. When family comes over I love to take them to the art district, there are so many great artists to meet there. Then, downtown, it’s so bigger, fresher, cleaner than the one in my hometown, my family have always fun seeing the cantilevered glass-bottomed infinity pool, hanging off the 40th floor of an apartment building. When it is rodeo time, of course, it is always on the list. The small cities around are always included in the list as well, they are so unique and full of character.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am very grateful for the people who admire my art every day; for the collectors who support me; for my art gallery, RJD Gallery in NY; and for the Watercolor Art Society of Houston which brings opportunities to local water media artists.
The picture of me was taken by Daria Ratliff. www.dariaratliff.com The pictures of my art were taken by me.