Valerie Berkely
Wausau, Wisconsin

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.”

Artist and Customer Comments

Valerie Berkely 3/6/2017 | 5:31 PM

I am pleased to announce that my painting in oil+cold wax entitled "Summer Breeze" has been accepted for inclusion in the 27th Annual Midwest Seasons juried competition held at the Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Wausau Wisconsin. Exhibit runs through April 1, 2017. Over twelve years of trying to get accepted into this very competitive exhibit, this is only the SECOND time I have succeeded.

Valerie Berkely 12/7/2016 | 1:10 AM

I am pleased to announce that my painting in oil+cold wax entitled "Ruby Love" won an honors cash award in the juried competition "Roots-The Ties That Bind" held at the Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Wausau Wisconsin. I am humbled to earn this level of acceptance by the public in my community for my new work. Stay tuned for more!

Valerie Berkely 11/15/2016 | 10:40 AM

After experiencing the recent Super Moon, I am even more inspired to continue working in my Moondance Series!

Valerie Berkely 11/2/2016 | 9:30 PM

So so happy for my second sale thru UGallery -- and it's my second Moondance painting too! I feel like howling at the moon, woo-hoo!

Valerie Berkely 10/20/2016 | 2:20 PM

Would love to hear from others who love Moon paintings and nocturns. I am obsessed in a very happy way to create my series Moondance.

Valerie Berkely 10/3/2016 | 12:37 PM

Simply So Happy due to my first recent sale on UGallery. My "Moon Dance" was a joy to create in oil + cold wax. So many textures and nuances of color. What makes an artist happy? PAINT. What makes an artist even happier? SELLING. Enjoy and stay tuned for more "nocturnes".

Valerie Berkely 5/22/2016 | 2:56 PM

Not new to painting -- been painting all my life! But new here to UGallery. Stay tuned as I create my "PRIMARY FOCUS" - using only the primary colors plus white using only my fingers. Oil paint and cold wax medium: think buttery frosting finger-painting. Keeping to a more abstract sensibility so that it feels like a landscape. I often paint small to later paint BIG. And my paintings get named based on snippets of song lyrics or titles. Can you guess? I love how music and paint can come together in the studio!

Sun Is Eclipsed

Oil painting on masonite board
Signed on front and back

10" h x 10" w x 1.5" d
1 lbs. 8 oz.


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I created this piece while listening to Pink Floyd! I was playing with textures in greyed blues with warm yellow oranges. The piece was created with oil paint and cold wax medium applied like finger-painting (think buttery frosting!).

This piece is on a cradled hardboard panel with finished neutral grey edges. A final protective coat of wax brings out a subtle luster. It comes wired to hang. 

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Masonite board

Masonite board is a thin, smooth panel of highly compressed wood. If not already framed, most masonite board artwork will require framing.


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