As Ruas em Frei Damião

This painting features a typical scene in the streets of a slum in Florianópolis, Brazil, with horse-drawn wagons, houses made of tin and beautiful mountains in the background. Unfortunately, this part of the city caught all the water runoff from the rains, often leaving many homes destroyed and people stranded without food or water. Although at times neglected by many, several local churches and non-profits seek to help the people living in Frei Damião.

I have been honored to spend many months in this place and love all the warm Brazilians that brought me into their homes and lives, taught me Portuguese, prayed with me, and showed me how to have enormous faith.

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Oil on Canvas


11 x 14


Kristen Hess

Meet Kristen Hess

Inspired by beautiful colors and light, Kristen’s artwork reflects the discoveries she makes in studying God’s creation. As a follower of Jesus, Kristen takes joy in internalizing and recreating the world around her. When Kristen is not painting, she may be cooking, enjoying life with her husband, playing any kind of games or sports, and daydreaming about traveling the world.