To me, stones are not simple materials or canvases for painting pictures on. Among all those numerous stones on a river bank, one stone, looking like an animal, catches my eye. When I find a stone, I feel that stone has found me too. Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them.

So the stones I decide to paint on are not arbitrary, but my significant opposites with whom I have established a connection, which inspires me to work with them. In my encounters with the stones and in my art, I respect my opposites in toto, so I never process stones, and would never cut off an edge to alter the shape. Stones may fall outside our usual definition of living organisms, but when I think of the long time it takes for a stone to change from a huge boulder in the mountains to the size and shape it has, as rests in my palm, I feel the history of the earth that the stone has silently witnessed over the millennia, and I feel the story inside it. I feel the breath of a life inside each stone, so sometimes I paint while I talk to the stone as I hold it in my hand.

In order to bring out the living being that I feel in the stone to its surface, I proceed very carefully. I consider step by step, for example, whether I am positioning the backbone in the right place. Does it feel right? Am I forcing something that disagrees with the natural shape of the stone? I tread carefully. I put my paintbrush to the stone when I truly feel that it is the right brushstroke. In this sense, my painting is a dialogue with the stone. It is the stone that determines what I paint on it, not me. The art I want to create is a life newly born in my hands through my dialogue with the stone. I want to paint the life, the living spirit of the being I feel inside the stone.

I paint the eyes at the very end, and I consider my work completed only when I see that the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.

The stones and I are parts of the same earth. My stone art is collaborative work between two pieces of one sphere. I hope that each of my works will pass into the hands of someone who values being a companion in the stone’s journey as much as I enjoy painting the life in the stone. Because we all stand on the same earth, and we come from the same earth.

How my stone art started:

It started when I was taking a walk on a river bank, and encountered a stone that by its looks was a rabbit and nothing else. Since I was small, I’ve always liked collecting stones (natural rocks, not jewels or gemstones) and drawing animals, and I felt that those interests converged in the stone in my palm. It is since around 2010 that I began working as a stone artist.

As to techniques, I value leaving the original shape of the stone untouched, so I neither grind the stone nor apply smoothing agents. I mainly use acrylic paint, and adjust the viscosity of the paint for each stone. My drawing skills are self-taught.

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Owl Chick

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Hippo

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Jan Palmer
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Too cute. I collect them, out of wood, stone, wire, etc. I'd love this one!

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Smiley Sea Lion

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Hedgehog

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Snake

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Raccoon

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Emily Graves
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's adorable, looks like a little raccoon jumped out of a book and landed in your palm!

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Cat

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Shweta Papneja
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey it's cute. From where I can purchase this. Will u please deliver this in Hyderabad?

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Ball Python

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Lacy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I totally love this. I have a beautiful pair of ball pythons. May I buy this from you?

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Beaver

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Spirit Wolf 147
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood! XD

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Lion Family

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Green Iguana

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Jude
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love the intricate detail of the scales!

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Horned Toad Baby

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Spirit Wolf 147
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For some reason I feel like I should post comments on all the empty ones XD

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Prairie Dog

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Octopus In The Special Box

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Elephant

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Jude
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for showing the different angles of some of your creations.

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Japanese Giant Salamander

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