The intense desert sunlight bleaches out the western facing walls of this path through the red rocks. Cool purples and pinks in the shadows of the canyon path provide a much needed reprieve from the scorching heat. This painting uses saturated hues and thick paint to emphasize the lines and rich color in the rock formations.
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.