Peonies come in a multitude of shapes and colors, and show off a new beauty with every phase of opening. The warm light set to this still life pulls out the deep yellows of the lemons and center of the white peony. A light violet hue outlines the cool reflected light on the back sides of the blooms.
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.