I was listening to Enya's song The Memory of Trees. So haunting; one of my favorites. I've also been reading Wolf Kahn's writings; he's a wonderful teacher. There's something about connecting to trees, the forest, that is so universally comforting; it would be a shame for these emotions to just remain a memory.

This piece was made with oil paint and cold wax medium (think buttery frosting!) applied with my fingers and scrapers. I first bumped up the texture by applying a thin skim-coat of light acrylic molding paste. That first layer has to dry first before applying the oil paint. This really adds to the texture and depth of this painting.

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- Valerie Berkely

Memory of Trees

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

12" h x 16" w x .5" d
1 lbs. 0 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.”