Oil painting on Wood
Natural wood edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
24 " h x 18 " w x 1.5 " d |4 lbs. 5 oz.
I chose warm oranges behind the green scenery to illuminate the tree line and glow in the marshy stream below. Thick textures of oil and wax are scraped into create grasses and water. Both the texture and the colors lead your eye to the back lighting. This piece has natural wood edges that have a wax finish.
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.”