From my earliest years, I have had a great love for the dance form of ballet. The ethereal, fleeting, elegance of the dance with its power to lift beyond the mundane has always captured my imagination. As a child in summer lessons at the art museum, I remember being placed before Degas’ ballerinas with pastels and paper to imitate some iota of his genius and soft rendering of the ballerina. He won my admiration then, for his art and his same fascination with ballet. This ballerina is a sketch for a larger piece, and I was working out design elements of darks and lights. She is awaiting her return to stage.