I usually paint landscapes from a distance, but every now and then, I have to focus on the details. There is beauty in a scene, but there is also beauty in the intricate details of God’s creation. The orange rose bush shows off its large blooms, while hiding the buds that are awaiting their day in the sun.
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.