Although draped with heavy garments, this woman is determined to look ahead, focused upward, looking beyond her circumstance to find the hope to which she clings. Her steady gaze is fixed on her goal.
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.