"An artist creates beauty, and the conception of beauty is wide and also evolutionary, like us, humans. But It depends on the artist and their intention on how they will provide society with emotions through their work."
Daniela Werneck is a figurative realistic watercolorist artist. She was born in 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Raised with her two sisters in the same city, she was always the creative one and “the black sheep of the family,” although with a good heart. Daniela has always enjoyed art but due to her economically poor country, she hadn’t had much access to art and art supplies, putting art out of her dreamed career. In 2008, already married and a mother, she moved with her family to Australia, where art started to become more accessible and part of her everyday life.
A self-taught watercolorist, Daniela became a full-time artist in 2015, focusing on realistic figurative watercolor. Since then, her paintings have been part of numerous national and international group exhibitions and has received several awards in regional and national competitions. Her work has been published in watercolor books and magazines, such as Splash 19 and 21, American Art Collectors, Watercolor artist Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur.
Daniela's works of art gives us a sense of hope and freedom, with a fresh air of innocence and purity. She is able to deliver a captivating image that demonstrates human nature at its best - without limitations, without restraints, without the absurdity of everyday stresses. Instead, she portrays in her art a liberating feeling that we all yearn to experience and ultimately, express. Daniela's art is sweet, deep, and penetrating to the senses -enwrapping you in a fairy tale. And best of all, liberating. It holds your hand, captures your eyes and spins you to complete freedom.
Q. What role does the artist have in society?
A. An artist creates beauty, and the conception of beauty is wide and also evolutionary, like us, humans. But It depends on the artist and their intention on how they will provide society with emotions through their work.
Q. What’s your best childhood memory?
A. My grandmother, she was everything to me.
Q. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A. An Architect.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. I always enjoyed creating art; I was always drawing, sculpting or painting, it was what I liked to do during free times. But the one that marked me the most was at age 14, I did an artwork as a school (homework that everybody was assigned to do) and it was a surprise to me when mine was used by the school as a logo mark during that school year.
Q. How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
A. In 2015, after we were relocated to the U.S. I was looking at my paintings and wondering if they were good enough, so I decided to enter one of them in an art competition to find an answer. It was the winner. Then, I started to enter competitions frequently, and in the blink of an eye, I realized I had already a studio and a list of clients and followers.
Q. Tell us about your particular style and how you came to it?
A. It came naturally and I can’t do it differently. It relaxes me when I surrender to the tiny details, it’s me!
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. It depends. I like to tell stories and open people's eyes; to make them learn more or find something nostalgic in each piece. Last year, for example, I created a series about Foster Children because I was in the process of adoption and all those heartbreakingly, sad stories I had received from social workers around the country had inspired me to paint the series. My aim was not to criticize the system nor judge the parents but to open people’s eyes on the subject, regarding abuse or neglect, and the hurt and traumatized experiences these children have to face and are in need of help. I still paint them but less often.
Q. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
A. I’m not good with words, I tend to be aggressive sometimes, but it’s not intentionally.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. Nothing as I remember. My career is my passion; I need to create to be happier. But the opposite has happened many times as a mother living in a different culture, away from her family, taking care of everything…in occasions this prevents me from doing more Art.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. None, in particular, I admire many artists from the past or present and I feel that they all influence me a little bit; I also love the art from the Renaissance period the most.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A. The period of creation yes, it is. I enjoy it very much. Until 3 pm, that's when motherhood kicks in again.
Q. Apart from art, what do you love doing?
A. Just stay with my husband and sons and enjoying their companies.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. Art is life for me. I need it.
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. Success for me is when I receive a call from a client, crying while thanking me, or from each beautiful word I have received from foster children who saw my series; any compliment or recognition represents success to me.
Q. What are the biggest things you've learned in life thus far?
A. God controls everything and nothing happens without his permission.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, and by who?
A. Once, in a workshop, Mary Whyte said: “Always focus on what you do differently and not well."
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. The same as above; and have a good heart.
Q. How would you like to be remembered?
A. As a good person and especially by my kids.