In her cold, arid Himalayan climate, this woman exudes strength and dignity. Her eyes speak of courage and adventure. The mountain air tears through her braids and batters her thick layers of garments, but she remains unmoved. She adorns herself with beads, proudly representing the customs of her people.

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Oil on Canvas


12 x 16




Kristen Hess

Meet Kristen Hess

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.