My Monet Moment: Wild Poppies IValerie Berkely
Oil painting on Wood
Natural wood edges
Ready to hang
Signed on back
12 " h x 12 " w x 1.5 " d |1 lbs. 8 oz.
Standing at the edge of the field on an early summer day in the south of France. Gazing at the tangle left to itself, away from grazing sheep and the farmer's scythe. Knee deep in prickles, I reached for the tiny bright poppies scattered before me. In my studio, I summoned my Monet Moment with just the right color palette. Oil and cold wax, natural wood edges, wired 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.”