Working on a stretched canvas provides a light weight yet flexible painting surface.  But I needed to tweak my painting process of oil and wax to limit the amount of layers to avoid potential cracking later.  So I applied and let dry an acrylic molding paste first to create the textures I crave.  I kept the actual layers of oil paint fairly thin as glazes which created interesting patterns.  This piece is on gallery wrapped canvas with gray painted edges and is wired to hang.

- Valerie Berkely

My Blue Heaven

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

14" h x 11" w x .5" d
1 lbs. 6 oz.



Valerie Berkely
Wausau, Wisconsin

Getting to Know Valerie

Valerie Berkley 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.”