Azaleas in Bloom

This painting highlights the brilliant color of the azalea bushes in a North Little Rock, Arkansas, community. When I participated in a plein air workshop with an artist mentor in my hometown of Little Rock, we ventured into an old, historic neighborhood to paint the massive oak trees scattered among the quaint little homes.

After I finished the first painting, I turned around to see the most colorful row of azaleas I’d seen all year! How did I miss those bright pinks before? This painting is about color; it has value and composition as well, but I wanted the bright colors to catch the eye first.

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Oil on Canvas


16 x 20


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.