Werner was born in Austria in 1943 and migrated to Australia in 1950. His love for this country is imbued in his superb style of crisp and refreshing paintings. He is mainly self taught, previously working full time in his father's hairdressing salon, he found the demand for his paintings increased to the extent that he chose to turn professional. A dedicated traditionalist artist, painting mainly in oils.
After initially specialising in rural and coastal scenes, Werner has broadened his choice of subject to include figures. His figure paintings were developed after completing a course with the Julian Ashton Art School and attending the Royal Art Society sketch live model classes.His distinct unique style is always popular with art collectors and many overseas visitors and as a result paintings adorn the walls of homes in many countries.
The demand for traditional art has not diminished and is evident in the great success of Werner's many exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide - each of which has sold out. He appeared as the artist in residence on the Norwegian Star Cruise ship, giving demonstrations and tour guides of the ships art collection.
Werner has been the recipient of many awards during his painting career, his donations of paintings to support local schools and charities has been gratefully accepted by the organisers for their money raising ventures. Werner, together with the headmaster of the prestigious Kings School in Parramatta instigated their initial art show which remains today one of the largest and profitable school art shows in Sydney.
Art shows welcome his judging ability and encouragement given to our budding young artists
Werner is one of Australia's last traditional artists who, in the true tradition of the Heildberg School of impressionist artists, packs up "goes bush", sets up his easel and places the scene before him straight to canvas. Werner says "these regular painting trips are good for my soul, they refresh my eye to the natural colours of nature and rekindle my enthusiasm and ability to capture the true colours of each season in their pure and unadulterated realistic form. He has also ventured overseas attempting to capture the different light and colours of these countries.
The colours of Australia combined with Werner's crisp refreshing style is a delight for all, he has represented NSW for five major works to tour Germany, sponsored by Qantas.
Last year Werner's peers in the art world honoured him by selecting him to become a Fellow of the Royal Art society. This award by one's peers is considered a great honour and one humbly accepted . Werner is currently on the Council of the Royal Art Society.
Werner's latest achievement was being awarded the honour of becoming a Fellow of the Australian Institute of History and Arts, awarded to those who have achieved success in their chosen field without the advantage of any formal training.