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Artist Statement 

Daniela Werneck is a realistic watercolor painter, based in Houston - TX, whose work combines what is the most traditional in watercolor methods with a contemporary look.

Born in 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dani Graduated in 1999 from the Fine Arts School of Rio de Janeiro, where she majored in Interior Designer, the area she worked in until she moved to Australia in 2008.

A self-taught watercolorist, Daniela became a full-time artist in 2015, focusing on realistic figurative watercolor; since that, she has been exhibiting nationally and received several awards in regional and national competitions. Her work has been published in books and magazines, such as Splash 19 and 21, American Art Collectors, Southwest Art Magazine, the Watercolor Artist Magazine, and others.

My name is Daniela Werneck, I am an artist with a bachelor's degree in Interior Design. I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, surrounded by Portuguese relatives. After married my handsome husband, we moved to Australia and lived there for 3 years, just before we landed in Texas in 2011, a place that our two sons call home, and where they do not want to leave anytime soon.

​As an artist, I am a romantic, and an art lover since my childhood.  Although, as a teenager, I attended private drawing lessons, where does all my artistic base come from, I consider myself a self-taught watercolorist. I painted commissioned portraits in watercolor for many years, which helped me a lot to improve my skills.

Influenced by my personal background My paintings are a mixture of the classic and the romantic, with a contemporary look. The hard life of my Portuguese ancestors, or my childhood in a poor and tropical country, our immigration, or caring for children in the foster care system, have made me into a more sensitive and humbler person. This tendency impacts what I expect from my paintings and their emotional narrative.​ My art is innocent, romantic, and pure, but often with a social focus that brings knowledge with a sense of freedom and hope to the public. Like fairy tales with all the rebellion that they can provoke, my paintings usually speak to the public, tell stories, create an emotional narrative, revealing feelings and thoughts.

Affiliations

National Watercolor Society 

Watercolor Art Society of Houston (Signature)

PoetsArtists
American Women Artist (Signature)
The Portrait Society of America

 

SELECTION OF AWARDS AND EXHIBITS

2022 Spring Online Exhibition at  American Women Artists “Keepsake” - Merit award for figurative

2022 Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women artists at Customs House Museum & Cultural Center - "Spring Solace"

 

2021 Members Exhibition at  Watercolor Art Society of Houston “Amo De Mia Vivo” - 2nd Place award

 

2021 Spring Online Exhibition at  American Women Artists “The Retreat” - Grand Prize Award

 

2021 Lifting The Sky at American Women Artists “The Great Kiskadee” - Finalist

 

2021 International Exhibition at  Watercolor Art Society of Houston “The Black Letter and A White Canvas” - Award of Merit

2020 ARC Salon “The Great Kiskadee” and "Serene Mother" -  Semi-Finalists

 

2020 Members Exhibition at  Watercolor Art Society of Houston “The Retreat” - 1st Place award

 

2020 1st International Women In Watercolor contest “The Retreat” - 1st Place award

 

2020 Splash 22 international watercolor competition- "The Swallow" - Honorable Mention 

2020 “Shades of Light” is our 10th annual juried art show to benefit The Retreat at RJD gallery “Dreams of Hope” - Finalist

2020 Spring Online Juried show at American Women Artists “The Swallow” - Finalist

2020 International Exhibition at Watercolor Art Society of Houston "More Than I am Today”

 

2020 February exhibition at Watercolor Art Society of Houston " Gone With The Wind" - 3rd Place Award​

 

2020 Signature Members exhibition at Watercolor Art Society of Houston "Left On The Shelf" 

 

2019 December Small Paintings exhibition at Watercolor Art Society of Houston " Innocence" - 3rd Place Award

 

2019  Members Competition at Portrait Society of America “The Swallow' - Finalist

 

2019 "Provocative Pattern" Online Exhibition by PoetsAtists "Homecoming"

 

2019  “Inside Out/Outside In” at RJD gallery by Poets and Artist "The Swallow".

 

2019  “Paint The Figure Now” at ZHOU B Art Center by Poets and Artist "Crown and Crows".

 

2019 -  “Tri-States Portrait Exhibition” at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum by The Portrait Society of America "Tired of The Way Things Have Been".

2019 - "50th Members Exhibition" at Watercolor Society Houston "Spring Solace". - Second Place Award 

2019  “Go Wild” at Gormley’s Fine Art Gallery (Ireland) by Poets and Artist. "Hide & Sick"

2019  “5x5 Project” at Abend Gallery by Poets and Artist.

 

2019 Annual Online Exhibition at American Women Artists "Lost in Doubts" - Finalist

2019 Splash 21 international watercolor competition- "Left on The Shelf" 

 

2019  International Exhibition at Watercolor Art Society of Houston "Picking at Crumbs" 

2019  "I Observe" at Rehs Contemporary Gallery "Dreamer" and "Lost in Doubts"

2019  "Adorn Me" by Poets and Artists  Online exhibition - "Who Cares" and "Picking at Crumbs"

2018  Members Competition at Portrait Society of America “Dreamer"- Finalist

 

2018  Members-only exhibition at Watercolor Art Society of Houston "Dreamer" - Honorable Mention Award

2018  International Exhibition at Louisiana Watercolor Society “Left on The Shelf” - Second Place Award

 

2018  National Exhibition at Texas Watercolor Society “Thoughts Lost Me” - Cheap Joe’s Award

 

2018  National Exhibition at Georgia Watercolor Society  “The Girl with Popcorn Dress” 

 

2018  International Exhibition at Watercolor Art Society of Houston "When You Live in an Upside Down World" - Honorable Mention Award

 

2017  Members Competition at Portrait Society of America “Tired of the Way Things Have Been” – Fifth Place Award

 

2017  48th Member-Only Annual Exhibition of Houston Watercolor Society "After Church"

 

2017  Watercolor Art Magazine Competition “The Girl with Popcorn Dress” – Honorable Mention, featured on the May/June issue.

 

2017  NWS Members Exhibition at National Watercolor Society "The Girl with Popcorn Dress" – Past President Award

 

2017  National Exhibition at Texas Watercolor society “Left on the Shelf” – Holbein award

 

2016  November exhibition at Watercolor Art Society of Houston “It Must Be Love” - Honorable Mention

 

2016  Members Annual Exhibition at Watercolor Society of Houston “The Girl with Popcorn Dress” - Second Place Award

 

2016  Annual International Show at Louisiana Watercolor Society “Smile to the Picture”

 

2016  National Exhibition at Texas Watercolor Society “Wildflower”

 

2016  Annual International Exhibition at Watercolor Art Society of Houston “The Imaginary Rainbow Rain”- Merit Award

 

2016  Texas Top Ten Portrait Artist by Portrait Society of America “Who Cares” – Top Ten.

 

2015  46th Annual Members Exhibition at Watercolor Society of Houston "By Your Side”- Holbein Award

 

2015  66th National Exhibition at Texas Watercolor Society "Love of My Life”- Jack Richeson & Co. Award