Big Spring FlowValerie Berkely
Oil painting on Wood
Signed on front and back
30 " h x 30 " w x 2 " d |10 lbs. 0 oz.
This painting surrounds me in the colors of early spring; the young greens and barely gold. The trees have just begun to leaf out. And such a wet, rainy spring brings in a touch of blue. The piece is on a cradled wood panel with edges painted a neutral grey. 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.”