Deep in the remote jungle of the Amazon region, the shore of the Tocantins River has become home to many Brazilians, living off the abundance of the rain forest. To get from village to village, Brazilians travel up and down the river in these tiny boats. The warm greens of the sand and river contrast the cool, tropical greens of the açaí and other palm 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.