Peace on the River

This commission for a family friend portrays one of the husband’s peaceful escapes, wading in the shallow, clear spring waters in the trout-filled rivers of Arkansas. The extreme lights in the sky and reflections on the river contrast the extreme dark values in the shadows of the banks and in the deeper part of the waters. The opposites in values emphasize the brightness of the midday sun.

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Oil on Canvas


20 x 24


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.