Strawberry MangoValerie Berkely
Oil painting on Wood
Signed on front and back
16 " h x 12 " w x .75 " d |2 lbs. 10 oz.
My new year's resolution is to cut back on sugar, so my title choice of "Strawberry Mango" reflects my craving for sweets! I love yummy-looking color and texture. This painting is on a flat MDF panel with a key-hole in the back for hanging. The edges are left neatly unpainted, and this piece may be displayed framed or unframed.
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.”