Final Adjustments

As the light falls in from the stage, the ballerina makes some final adjustments to her pointe shoes. The brightly colored spotlights create a strong contrast in the lights and shadows on the figure. Cool reflected light bounces from the dark side of her skirt onto her neck and parts of her face.

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Oil on Canvas


12 x 16




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.