DARREN ORANGE Darren Orange’s (Ucross, 2013) artwork addresses the issue of natural beauty in the wake of human influence. His interests are in reflecting the authentic narrative of place in the Pacific Northwest. He is inspired most directly by his surroundings and places he has lived: the farms and timber homesteads of Central Washington and fishing villages on the lower Columbia River. His work has been widely exhibited at Peoples Gallery, Launch Pad Gallery, 12x16 Gallery and Graeter Gallery in Portland, OR; Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, Newport, OR; Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR; and Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY, among many others. He is represented by Imogen Gallery in Astoria, OR. Orange received a BFA from Western Washington University. www.darrenorange.com “I drove to Ucross from Astoria, Oregon, with the intent that the landscape would provide me with reference material and a direction. Instead, the muse directed me to work with subjects and landscapes found at Ucross. As a result of needing to work fast due to limited time, I began to work more quickly and in a more focused way. My marks became more confident, more deliberate, less reworked. Confidence has carried into my work and the work has changed to more abstracted expressionistic action painting. The experience lives with me as a milestone of creativity.” Above: Self Portrait, 2013, Oil and tar on canvas, 48” x 40” Right: Rider 1, 2013, Oil and tar on canvas, 40” x 48”