Sunshine on a summer day in France deepened its heat with yellow. I walked into the grassy, weedy old farm field, going knee deep into scratchy greens to find the bright orange poppy blossoms scattered wide. My Monet Moment needed the glaze of warmth in my color palette. Oil and wax, natural wood edges, wired to hang.

- Valerie Berkely

My Monet Moment: Wild Poppies II

Oil painting on wood
Natural wood edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

12" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 0 oz.



Valerie Berkely
Wausau, Wisconsin

Getting to Know Valerie

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.”