There is not a better example of balance and poise than a ballerina. Watching them up close, you can see and hear how physically taxing dancing is, yet somehow from a distance, her audience sees graceful balance and poise. This poise begins with an inner strength. When women exercise these muscles daily, that strength shines confidently to those watching their dance.

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Oil on Canvas


20 x 24




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.