Bridal Self Portrait

One of my favorite features of our reception venue was the floor-to-ceiling windows with the pale yellow curtains and walls. I chose to paint this portrait to explore the cool lighting on my skin and dress. The painting captures a contemplative moment in the midst of all the planning when I could stop and thank the Lord for sending me the most amazing man with whom to spend the rest of my days.

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Oil on Canvas


18 x 24


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.