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.

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Owl Chick

Owl Chick

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Amanda Codlin 2 years ago

I honestly thought that was a baby owl!

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Hippo

Hippo

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Jan Palmer 2 years ago

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

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Smiley Sea Lion

Smiley Sea Lion

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Emily Graves 2 years ago

The shadowing and blending looks amazing.

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Happy Owl Friends

Happy Owl Friends

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Nancy Arnold 2 years ago

So cute ❤

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American Badger

American Badger

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Notrhond Notcomley 2 years ago

Is this for sale?

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Hedgehog

Hedgehog

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Kathi Krebs 2 years ago

Is it possible to buy your great creations ?

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Snake

Snake

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Emily Graves 2 years ago

Love the creativity you use to make these!!

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Raccoon

Raccoon

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Emily Graves 2 years ago

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

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Cat

Cat

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Shweta Papneja 2 years ago

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

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Ball Python

Ball Python

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Lacy 2 years ago

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

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Sea Otter Mom & Baby

Sea Otter Mom & Baby

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Cuddle Time!!!

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Octopus

Octopus

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Chase Howard 2 years ago

Would buy that! So cute!

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Panda Before & After

Panda Before & After

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Wow!

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Owl

Owl

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Melissa Hudson 2 years ago

Are these available to purchase?

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Elephant Mom & Baby

Elephant Mom & Baby

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Notrhond Notcomley 2 years ago

Is this for sale?

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Common Rain Frog

Common Rain Frog

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Lottie Park 2 years ago

HE SQUISH,HE BLOB,HE SQUEAK!

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Beaver

Beaver

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

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

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Lion On The Shell

Lion On The Shell

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Wow amazing so adorable!

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Koala

Koala

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Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

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Amanda Codlin 2 years ago

I love this! I'm so inspired

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Tiny Loving Owl

Tiny Loving Owl

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White Cat

White Cat

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Kitty!!!

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Lion Family

Lion Family

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Reminds me of the Lion King

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Green Iguana

Green Iguana

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Or whatever it is

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Seal Baby

Seal Baby

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Ahhhhhhhhhh

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Horned Toad Baby

Horned Toad Baby

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

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

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Jackrabbit

Jackrabbit

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Love the ears!

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Prairie Dog

Prairie Dog

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Another Woodchuck/Beaver

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Tiger Mom & Baby

Tiger Mom & Baby

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Always loved Tigers <3

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Octopus In The Special Box

Octopus In The Special Box

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Tung Cao 2 years ago

beautiful package

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Elephant

Elephant

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Another elephant hug <3

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Japanese Giant Salamander

Japanese Giant Salamander

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Spirit Wolf 147 2 years ago

Sneaky Salamander