This painting of aspen trees on a clear day shows the detail in the unusual white trunks of the trees. As if the colors were not interesting enough on their own, the shadows form the bright yellow leaves above cast colorful shadows on the trunks and throughout the forest floor.
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.