Final Preparations

This painting is all about setting the mood. The two dancers make their final costume adjustments as they visualize their upcoming performance. The dark background makes the white tutus and light hitting the backs of the ballerinas stand out.

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Oil on Canvas


24 x 36




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.