Rise In A Wake
A play on words. In this new body of work I continue to explore free association of intuitive mark making, or automatism. I stretch further from the literal reference and deeper into abstraction. Built suggestive imagery from layers of paint reveal the history of the painting process in smear, smudge, and line.

In my attempt to make the work of painting fun by the act of play, the process of pigment manipulation, aesthetic chess, and exploration of mark making, carving-out composition has lead me to a quieter practice of activity in meditative focus.

These are the works created in my new studio on the Columbia River with a view that begs early morning sun gazing in the shadow of Mt. Rainer.

Darren Orange