Spillway is aptly named. Often when I paint larger pieces, I have extra gobs of oil paint and wax that I don't want to waste. So I keep extra blank panels handy to directly apply the excess. I love this process; I must rely on my creative intuition to pull a spill of paint together. The final piece is wax-varnished for a subtle luster both on the surface and the unpainted wood sides. This piece comes wired to hang.

- Valerie Berkely


Oil painting on wood

Signed on front and back

24" h x 6" w x 1.5" d
2 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.”