I had painted and exhibited a portrait of legendary opera Diva Maria Callas, but somehow always felt that “something was still missing. So I went to work, individually gluing 13,000 genuine Swarovski Crystals in 17 different colors to the canvas.


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It was an INSANE amount of work, but the result was worth it. Callas finally has a portrait worthy of her iconic status. ‘SantaMaria’ is my masterpiece. I used the 13,000 Crystals to create a stained-glass window behind Callas. For 17 days, up to 14 hours a day, I sat with a pair of tweezers, a special jewelry adhesive and a magnifying glass, glueing the crystals one-at-a-time to the canvas. It was like an enormous puzzle. After I completed this painting, I spent the next three months coughing from an inflamed respiratory track caused by the jewelry adhesive.

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