Valerie Berkely
Wausau, Wisconsin

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.”
Discover Original Art by Valerie Berkely | Morning at the Point acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Morning at the Point
30" x 30" , acrylic painting
$1,200

Discover Original Art by Valerie Berkely | Awakening acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Awakening
30" x 30" , acrylic painting
$1,200

Discover Original Art by Valerie Berkely | Omen acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Omen
30" x 30" , acrylic painting
$1,200


My Monet Moment: Lily Pads I
24" x 12" , oil painting
$400

My Monet Moment: Wild Poppies II
12" x 24" , oil painting
$400

My Monet Moment: Wild Poppies I
12" x 12" , oil painting
$325


Extra Texture
16" x 20" , oil painting
$475

Trees In Winter
36" x 48" , oil painting
$2,125

Storm
36" x 48" , oil painting
$2,125


New Rising Sun
24" x 24" , oil painting
$950

Cloud Nine
24" x 24" , oil painting
$950

Pond
36" x 48" , oil painting
$2,125


Discover Original Art by Valerie Berkely | New Wall of Trees oil painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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New Wall of Trees
36" x 48" , oil painting
$2,125

Ring of Fire
30" x 24" , oil painting
$975

Lemon Sky
24" x 24" , oil painting
$950


Backlit
24" x 18" , oil painting
$500

Autumn Opus
30" x 24" , oil painting
$975

Cloud Scape
12" x 24" , oil painting
$400


Tree Rows
24" x 12" , oil painting
$400

Lead the Way
24" x 24" , oil painting
$950

Summer Concerto
30" x 24" , oil painting
$975


Softly
30" x 30" , oil painting
$1,200

Prelude
30" x 24" , oil painting
$975

Sweet Harmony
18" x 24" , mixed media artwork
$500


Strawberry Mango
16" x 12" , oil painting
$325

Spillway
24" x 6" , oil painting
$350

Silent Sunlight
14" x 11" , oil painting
$325


Ruby Love
16" x 16" , oil painting
$425

Spring Symphony
30" x 24" , oil painting
$975

Big Spring Flow
30" x 30" , oil painting
$1,200


Fen Land
30" x 30" , oil painting
$1,200

Spring Fling
14" x 11" , oil painting
$325

August
16" x 16" , oil painting
$425


Across Yellow Fields
11" x 14" , oil painting
$325


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Tiny 10
4" x 4" , oil painting
$75

Lavender Hush
24" x 18" , oil painting
$500

Glow
30" x 30" , oil painting
$1,200


Winter Sonata
30" x 24" , oil painting
$975

Long Beach
12" x 36" , oil painting
$625

Kerry
8" x 8" , oil painting
$250


Kelly
10" x 10" , oil painting
$250

Marsh Land
14" x 11" , oil painting
$300

That Time of Day
30" x 30" , oil painting
$1,125


Tapestry
24" x 18" , oil painting
$450

Moondance Fifteen
18" x 24" , mixed media artwork
$450

Moondance Eight
12" x 16" , mixed media artwork
$350


Fire and Ice
8" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Crimson and Clover
12" x 12" , oil painting
$325

Moondance
24" x 18" , oil painting
$375


Inquire or Comment about Valerie's Work


Valerie Berkely 8/25/2018 | 1:24 PM

Thank you, K Cross, for your kind words. So much of my work with paint is about feeling, whether happy, calm, strong. And a horizon always builds in that depth!

commentsNew Wall of Trees
K Cross 8/24/2018 | 11:02 PM

your paintings are extraordinary. Each has such a depth of feeling.

Valerie Berkely 10/23/2017 | 1:45 AM

My second solo exhibit entitled Primary Focus is hosted in the Vault Gallery of the Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Wausau WI, running now through January 6, 2018. All new work (over 50 paintings) in oil and cold wax medium. This means: stay tuned to UGallery for even newer work!

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!