Valerie Berkely
Wausau, Wisconsin

Valerie Berkley uses her finger tips as brushes to create her abstract paintings. For Valerie, the art is all about the process, the paint, her mood, and the moment. She admires the artist Wolf Kahn, who once said, “the picture is the conclusion of an experiment in which the hint of an image becomes actuality." Like Kahn, Valerie’s paintings combine pictorial landscapes with painterly abstraction. The vibrant primary colors capture the hues of the sun rising and setting, and the texture of her fingers across the surface divides sea, land, and sky. There is something very dreamy about these works, exemplified by their color, texture, and atmospheric quality. Valerie’s first “art epiphany” was seeing Seurat's La Grande Jatte at the Art Institute of Chicago. “Bowled me over! I actually fell down. And I knew I was to become a painter.”
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Purple Sky
24" x 18" , oil painting
$450

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Discover Original Art by Valerie Berkely | Fen Land oil painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery

Fen Land
30" x 30" , oil painting
$1,125

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Discover Original Art by Valerie Berkely | Spring Fling oil painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery

Spring Fling
14" x 11" , oil painting
$300


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Discover Original Art by Valerie Berkely | August oil painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery

August
16" x 16" , oil painting
$375

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Discover Original Art by Valerie Berkely | Across Yellow Fields oil painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery

Across Yellow Fields
11" x 14" , oil painting
$300

Sweet Harmony
18" x 24" , mixed media artwork
$450


Jasper Moon
12" x 12" , oil painting
$300

Strawberry Mango
14" x 11" , oil painting
$300

Orange Swipe
14" x 11" , oil painting
$300


Spillway
24" x 6" , oil painting
$400

My Blue Heaven
14" x 11" , oil painting
$300

Silent Sunlight
14" x 11" , oil painting
$300


Ruby Love
16" x 16" , oil painting
$375

Crimson and Clover
12" x 12" , oil painting
$300

Fifth Wave
14" x 11" , oil painting
$250


Memory of Trees
12" x 16" , oil painting
$425

So Far Away
8" x 10" , oil painting
$225

Moon Shadow
12" x 12" , oil painting
$300


We Can Sail
10" x 10" , oil painting
$250

Sun Is Eclipsed
10" x 10" , oil painting
$250

On the Edge
8" x 10" , oil painting
$225


Summer Breeze
18" x 18" , oil painting
$725

Among the Fields of Gold
12" x 12" , oil painting
$275


Marsh Land
14" x 11" , oil painting
$300

Tapestry
24" x 18" , oil painting
$450

Moondance Fifteen
18" x 24" , mixed media artwork
$450


Moondance Eight
12" x 16" , mixed media artwork
$350

Fire and Ice
8" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Moondance
24" x 18" , oil painting
$375


Artist and Customer Comments


Valerie Berkely 3/6/2017 | 5:31 PM

I am pleased to announce that my painting in oil+cold wax entitled "Summer Breeze" has been accepted for inclusion in the 27th Annual Midwest Seasons juried competition held at the Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Wausau Wisconsin. Exhibit runs through April 1, 2017. Over twelve years of trying to get accepted into this very competitive exhibit, this is only the SECOND time I have succeeded.

Valerie Berkely 12/7/2016 | 1:10 AM

I am pleased to announce that my painting in oil+cold wax entitled "Ruby Love" won an honors cash award in the juried competition "Roots-The Ties That Bind" held at the Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Wausau Wisconsin. I am humbled to earn this level of acceptance by the public in my community for my new work. Stay tuned for more!

Valerie Berkely 11/15/2016 | 10:40 AM

After experiencing the recent Super Moon, I am even more inspired to continue working in my Moondance Series!

Valerie Berkely 11/2/2016 | 9:30 PM

So so happy for my second sale thru UGallery -- and it's my second Moondance painting too! I feel like howling at the moon, woo-hoo!

Valerie Berkely 10/20/2016 | 2:20 PM

Would love to hear from others who love Moon paintings and nocturns. I am obsessed in a very happy way to create my series Moondance.

Valerie Berkely 10/3/2016 | 12:37 PM

Simply So Happy due to my first recent sale on UGallery. My "Moon Dance" was a joy to create in oil + cold wax. So many textures and nuances of color. What makes an artist happy? PAINT. What makes an artist even happier? SELLING. Enjoy and stay tuned for more "nocturnes".

Valerie Berkely 5/22/2016 | 2:56 PM

Not new to painting -- been painting all my life! But new here to UGallery. Stay tuned as I create my "PRIMARY FOCUS" - using only the primary colors plus white using only my fingers. Oil paint and cold wax medium: think buttery frosting finger-painting. Keeping to a more abstract sensibility so that it feels like a landscape. I often paint small to later paint BIG. And my paintings get named based on snippets of song lyrics or titles. Can you guess? I love how music and paint can come together in the studio!