Raul Ortiz

Painting

My current body of work, Compositions, exemplifies my exploration of painting by way of process — building up layers of pigment, random mark-making, overlapping shapes, textures, light, scale, incorporating documented images (flowers, trees, water, architecture, patterns, fabric, wallpaper) taken on walks during travels and around town, and the use of heightened-color interactions that are derived from the tradition of abstraction. Spontaneity plays a key role in reinterpreting/reframing and updating the landscape with a contrasting contemporary twist.