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I am an Artist showing and living in Portland, Oregon
I was raised without being told what I "should" do, so I followed a natural path to becoming an artist. I attended art school in the 80's and have enjoyed a life as an artist for many years, showing and selling my work.

My art is sometimes described as Contemporary Folk Art.
I do have a love for the raw, immediate art in this world, artists making up their own rules and solving artistic 'problems' in inventive, original and personal ways.

I draw my imagery from from the well of my experiences and visual notes I have taken. I remind myself to trust in the process and that I will find my way through what can feel like a sense of not knowing, even chaos. I aim to follow it through to something in the imagery and layers of paint that feels familiar and right. What may seem to…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 2
  • Joined August 15, 2007

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paint, ink, paper, canvas, wood, varnish

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About

I am an Artist showing and living in Portland, Oregon
I was raised without being told what I "should" do, so I followed a natural path to becoming an artist. I attended art school in the 80's and have enjoyed a life as an artist for many years, showing and selling my work.

My art is sometimes described as Contemporary Folk Art.
I do have a love for the raw, immediate art in this world, artists making up their own rules and solving artistic 'problems' in inventive, original and personal ways.

I draw my imagery from from the well of my experiences and visual notes I have taken. I remind myself to trust in the process and that I will find my way through what can feel like a sense of not knowing, even chaos. I aim to follow it through to something in the imagery and layers of paint that feels familiar and right. What may seem to be a 'bad direction' becomes a layer in the story, adding richness and visual history. Stories and characters rise up from my subconscious and make themselves known. I find myself uncovering issues from my life to process and learn more about. I find myself creating humorous situations that amuse me. Sometimes I learn what is really going on in my life from the process of making a painting, in a similar way that dreams inform us. I have never ending fun with shapes, pattern, and encouraging the painting to become a balanced and interactive world.

To see more of my work:
website: aliorange.com

Oregon Art Beat, a show featuring mostly local artists, performers and musicians aired an episode segment on me a few months ago.
Here's the link:
http://watch.opb.org/video/2365015236/

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