Sweet HarmonyValerie Berkely
oil paint, wax on Wood
Signed on front and back
18 " h x 24 " w x 1.5 " d |4 lbs. 5 oz.
Working in abstract landscapes allows me the freedom to play with color. As I apply and scrape away oil paint and wax to build texture, my color palette continues to shift. I ultimately strive for harmony and balance in the colors of painting. This piece is on cradled panel, and the edges are natural wood with a waxed finish. It comes ready to hang.
Valerie Berkely 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.”