J.R. Hess is an Arizona based artist working and studying in the Great Southwest. There, he finds inspiration from the wildlife and people that surround him. J.R. began his young professional career as a cell animator for Disney Studios. He then moved west a short time later to work as a patina artist for Wyland Galleries in Sandy, Oregon.
J.R.s interest in all avenues of art lead him down many diversified roads and experiences that he draws upon for his recent works. After years of experimenting with various multimedia and classical art forms, he personally finds photo representational pencil work to be the most fundamental, expressive, and rewarding of all genres. From plein air sketches to masterful works of art, J.R with his artwork, attempts to bring awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation and environmental preservation.