Soft undefined brush strokes, textured pastel garments, shadowed features and subtle illuminations. Alina Maksimenko’s “Tenderness” presents viewers with a figure in between dreams and reality, not quite yet tangible or fully formed. In this piece, the artist captures the moment when one awakens and their dreams become harder to grasp, blurring at the edges. Maksimenko’s rich depth of blue emanates the title of her piece, creating a sense of calm and serenity. Expressive and slightly ambiguous, Tenderness invites its audience to seek their own story within the piece.