This woman expresses a longing in her heart, perhaps for a future hoped for, perhaps for her deepest desire. Her shoulders lay bare, representing her lack of control but that nothing in her heart is hidden from God. Most importantly, she turns her face up toward the light, knowing she will find peace and comfort in the warmth of his presence.
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.