These sisters get their photo taken with Santa every year, and their parents always wanted to capture the memory in a painting while they are still young. The warm, rich reds and Santa’s velvety smooth suit emphasize the seasonal festivities. The girls are set before a cozy mantle adorned with greenery and decorations. The girls share an exciting moment reading Christmas stories with Santa.
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.