It is an exciting challenge to choose a limited palette for a wet-on-wet approach.  I selected Payne's grey, burnt sienna, Indian yellow and titanium white. This piece is oil and cold wax on a pre-textured wooden panel. The sides are white and it comes ready to hang.

- Valerie Berkely

Across Yellow Fields

Oil painting on wood

Signed on front and back

11" h x 14" w x 1" d
2 lbs. 2 oz.



Valerie Berkely
Wausau, Wisconsin

Getting to Know Valerie

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.”