The old barn seems to have embedded itself into this scene, as if it is just as much a natural part of the field as the treeline or the tall grasses finding their way under the barn’s shade and up its walls. The darker reds and greens of the tree and roof contrast each other, as do the softer warm greens of the grass and the pink clouds. The thick brushstrokes create texture and movement in this miniature landscape painting.
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.