My grandmother is a fantastic gardener and loves to show off whatever is currently in bloom in her garden. I left her house one day with a vase full of bright pink and white camellias and thought I had to paint them. I turned warm light on them, and experimented with a neutral palette, portraying a dim lighting with muted pinks and greens.
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.