In this piece, I pushed the color contrasts of orange, purple, and green. This piece feels like a controlled burn! I used many layers of oil and wax, scraping in the wild grasses. I used my fingers to burnish the smokey sky. Depending on where this piece hangs, sunlight can hit the textured surface to simulate the flicker of flames. This piece has natural wood edges that have a waxed finish.

- Valerie Berkely

Ring of Fire

Oil painting on wood
Natural wood edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

30" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
7 lbs. 3 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.”