Study of John Singer Sargent’s Self Portrait

In an effort to learn and challenge myself, I did a study of one of the master’s self portraits using his basic, earthy color palette. It amazed me the variety and intensity of the hues I could get using so few colors. Manipulating color is always fun, but the main challenge for me on this painting was to emulate Sargent’s emphasis on value, which is the lightness or darkness of an object.

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Oil on Canvas


8 x 10




Private Collection
Kristen Hess

Meet Kristen Hess

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.