As I stood strapped into my skis at the top of the mountain in Snowmass, Colorado, I paused to take in the beautiful, clear sky and frosted evergreens. I love the blues and whites in the distant Rockies and shadows of the trees.
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.