I created this piece while Listening to Fire and Ice by Ferdy, depicting our global weather changes. I used oil paint and cold wax medium (think buttery frosting!) applied like finger-painting with various scraping tools.

This piece is on a cradled wood panel with finished birch wood edges. A final protective coat of wax brings out the subtle luster and texture. It comes ready to hang. 

- Valerie Berkely

Fire and Ice

Oil painting on wood

Signed on front and back

8" h x 8" w x 1.5" d
1 lbs. 2 oz.



Valerie Berkely
Wausau, Wisconsin

Getting to Know Valerie

Valerie Berkley 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.”