A few years ago when I lived in Texas, two brothers from a war-stricken country in Africa attended our small group for a time. In hearing their story about living in a refugee camp for years, their heart for the education of children burned passionately, even after they had made it to safety. This painting is my reflection on their story, honoring the sweet children who are so eager to learn and continue living their lives despite their circumstances.
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.