Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean coast of Italy wows us with its rocky coastlines and buildings as interesting as the landscape. In this scene from Manarola, we see the tiered farmland climbing up the mountain, the red rooftops of the colorful buildings, ancient stone architecture that blends in with the rocks, and the brilliant blues and greens of the sea.
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.