Doesn’t this water look icy cold and crisp? Small rivers and creeks in Arkansas fascinate me because I am enchanted by the colors in the clear water and how the smooth, rounded stones appear beneath the water’s surface. I kept most of the colors neutral and somewhat subdued so that the few vibrant hues stand out.
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.