Meeting our Son

The birth of a child is truly a gift from the Lord, especially for first time parents like my friends Josh and Taylor. Taylor wanted to capture this intimate moment between father and son, and I was happy to make it happen. I love how it looks like their son is so comfortable on his dad’s chest that it takes a mighty effort to keep his little eyes open. In fact, one of his eyes is squished closed, showing the fullness of his newborn cheeks. Because of the close range of the painting, I had more room to explore newborn features, from his puffy lips and eyes to all the colors in the shadows of his skin.

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Oil on Canvas


12 x 16


Kristen Hess

Meet Kristen Hess

Inspired by beautiful colors and light, Kristen’s artwork reflects the discoveries she makes in studying God’s creation. As a follower of Jesus, Kristen takes joy in internalizing and recreating the world around her. When Kristen is not painting, she may be cooking, enjoying life with her husband, playing any kind of games or sports, and daydreaming about traveling the world.