Outward appearance can veil the inward thought battle over a woman’s mind. Women are constantly preoccupied with complex thoughts of their loved ones, logistics, problems, excitements and joys. The contrast of the dark background and white dress represent the struggles women can face as they outwardly carry out their responsibilities, while inwardly at times are burdened. The light hitting her dress signifies there is always hope in our deepest joys and sorrows.
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.