Bare Trees #5Valerie Berkely
Oil painting on Wood
Natural wood edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
11 " h x 14 " w x 1.5 " d |1 lbs. 9 oz.
Layers of oil and cold wax medium in misty cool colors give life to this abstracted forest scene. "It's the feeling of the winter woods," says Valerie. She used a special textural technique of pressing crinkled tissue paper into the surface to obtain a crackled effect.
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.”