My brother spent a lot of time working with Christian engineers in Haiti, building and training Haitians to build sustainable wells for clean water in a country still recovering from a destroyed infrastructure after the earthquake. Now the country faces many other issues, leaving it citizens in desperate situations, many times with limited access to food and water. I see determination in this man’s eyes and hard work in the deep shadows and crevices of his face.
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.