Fen LandValerie Berkely
Oil painting on Wood
Signed on front and back
30 " h x 30 " w x 2 " d |12 lbs. 0 oz.
I learned recently while reading up on my family's Finnish heritage that Suomi (a term that refers to Finland or the Finnish language) translates to "swamp." I chose a cool palette of colors in oil and wax textures to build up an abstract landscape of trees, swamps, and sky. This painting is on cradled wood panel with finished grey edges. 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.”