Breaking Ball is the name of this retired thoroughbred racehorse who finds himself adopted and under the care of my sister-in-law, who is training him now in Dressage. The dramatic lighting emphasizes how majestic and muscular horses look as they run, and portrays the warrior-like nature of a competitor. The angular movement of the painting makes Breaking Ball look like he is jumping out ahead of the pack.
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.