Continuing with my inspirations from fabric design and weaving, I delved into deeper color with oil paint and cold wax.  The wax is a medium I add to the paint to achieve a buttercream like texture to spread with my hands and various scraping tools.  This piece is on a cradled panel with unpainted wood sides that have been waxed for protection.  This piece is wired to hang.

- Valerie Berkely

Silent Sunlight

Oil painting on wood

Signed on front and back

14" h x 11" w x .75" d
2 lbs. 8 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.”