In this piece, I strived for color, texture, and a sense of distance by building layers of oil and wax. Hidden underneath is a layer of strong forest green followed by six different reds, then purples, oranges, and white. I used my hands, scrapers, squeegees and my grandmother's stylus tool for mark making. My goal was to feel a winter sonata inspired by Vivaldi. This painting is on cradled wood panel with waxed natural edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Valerie Berkely

Winter Sonata

Oil painting on wood

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.”