This is the first painting I ever did of a child I met and played with while visiting Brazil. When I caught this candid shot, I was moved by the emotion in her eyes. The softness of her features and pinkness of her cheeks, ears, and lips emphasize her innocence.
Little Rock native Kristen Hess has been taken captive by the rich colors and thick textures of oil paints since 2005. Her work combines the effect of light on her subjects with expressive brushstrokes, creating movement and depth in her pieces. Her representational style along with an extensive background in drawing come together with the atmospheric colors of the impressionists to create paintings that capture the emotion of the place or subject.