The Three Sisters

This portrait captures a sweet, candid moment among three sisters. When painting a portrait, I like to learn what the children are like, so that I can use reference photos that let those aspects of their personalities shine. I also want to catch them in a natural, unposed state so that I can focus on how they interact with each other rather than with the viewer. In this painting, you can see the nurturing nature of the oldest daughter as she gently lets the little one hand her the blades of grass she managed to pull. On the right, the middle girl is intrigued with her little sister’s accomplishment, waiting with her spunky little pony tail to see how she can get involved in the fun.

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Oil on Canvas


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.