My, the months seem to be flying past. It’s March and time for me to introduce our new artist of the month Daniel Vangeli. I had the pleasure of meeting Dan and his wife last year at the PWS exhibition. Dan is a fabulous but very modest person. He has huge talent and has just won a major award at this years American Watercolor society 2012 exhibition with this painting.
I know many of you are starting to enter juried shows locally and some are thinking of spreading their wings and trying further afield. So why not ask Dan about his experiences.
I will now pass this post over to Dan
First of all thank you so much for having me. When Ona asked me about sharing what I do, I felt honored, as well as inadequate. I have been painting watercolors for a little over 3 years total, with just finding a passion for it within the last 2 years.
I had left painting all together several years ago, only giving watercolor a second try in 2010. Something just "clicked" for me this time, and I haven't stopped since. My first painting back was "Lost and Found", which is the painting above and is also the painting that has launched my career.
In 2010 I entered my very first watercolor competition, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's International Juried Exhibition. Not thinking much about having a chance in entering, my painting won first place. This gave me the confidence I needed to keep going, and over the last 2 years I've won awards at other societies, have had work published in a few magazines.
Here are a couple more of my paintings.
I look forward to sharing what I do know, and hearing from you as well.
Thanks again, and I look forward to hearing from you!
- Dan Vangeli