To me, stones are not simple materials or canvases for painting pictures on. Among all those numerous stones on a riverbank, one stone, looking like an animal, catches my eye. When I find a rock, 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 the spirit animals that 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 gives me the drawing ideas. 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 a 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 life inside each stone, so sometimes I do the animal drawings while I talk to the stone as I hold it in my hand.

In order to bring out the wilds animals 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 beautiful animal paintings are a dialogue with the stone. It is the stone that determines what I paint on it, not me. The unique 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 forest animals 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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Red Fox

Red Fox

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Meredith Parker 1 year ago

They are all amazing, but this one speaks to me. Do you sell them?

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Hamster

Hamster

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Geedee Gituma 1 year ago

Wait is this one still a stone?... Love this one

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Mom And Baby Sea Otter

Mom And Baby Sea Otter

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Geedee Gituma 1 year ago

This one is just special... the faces says it all!

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Blue Bird

Blue Bird

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It looks real.

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Owl

Owl

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Misterscooter 1 year ago

Definitely a favorite.

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Baby Seal

Baby Seal

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Daniel Sipes 1 year ago

This one gets my....seal of approval ;|

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Pug Dog

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Raccoon

Raccoon

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C.Marrero 1 year ago

I like how it looks like a raccon is on top of the rock

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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

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Koala

Koala

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Daniel Sipes 1 year ago

Obviously this person is a koala-fied artist.

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Snow Owl

Snow Owl

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Hedwig! 🦉

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Baby Owl

Baby Owl

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Mom And Baby Elephant

Mom And Baby Elephant

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

I love this! they're so cute!

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Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

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Helga Kelly-Nagy 1 year ago

adore your wolf

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Hippo

Hippo

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Misterscooter 1 year ago

It was just waiting to come out of that rock.

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Laying Himalayan Cat

Laying Himalayan Cat

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May Be 1 year ago

Unless this cat is part chicken, it's lying., not laying.

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Eagle Owl

Eagle Owl

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Misterscooter 1 year ago

Little hoot.

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Young Lion

Young Lion

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

he looks glorious! I love the detail you managed to get in his eyes!

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Green Iguana

Green Iguana

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D.S. Watson 1 year ago

Wow, the detail on this is astounding.

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Possum Family

Possum Family

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Carole Dose 1 year ago

Brilliantly executed!

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Wings Of Affection

Wings Of Affection

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Baby Red-Eared Slider

Baby Red-Eared Slider

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Heather 1 year ago

It's so cute!

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Himalayan Cat

Himalayan Cat

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Veronica Ace Greene 1 year ago

This is amazing, and I'm not KITTEN about it!

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Long Haired Tortoiseshell Cat

Long Haired Tortoiseshell Cat

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Esther Evans 1 year ago

That's a calico cat...

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Polar Bear

Polar Bear

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Daniel Sipes 1 year ago

I can't bear it. I need these rocks.

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Leopard

Leopard

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Veronica Ace Greene 1 year ago

These rocks are giving a FELINE that i'm gonna enjoy the rest!

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Japanese Chin Dog

Japanese Chin Dog

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UniversalMel 1 year ago

Isn’t that also called a shih-tzu?

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Owl Friends

Owl Friends

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Linda Reynolds 1 year ago

So lifelike! So beautiful!

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Tuxedo Cat

Tuxedo Cat

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Dendrobates

Dendrobates

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Somali Cat

Somali Cat

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Jesse Smith 1 year ago

I love all of these - I actually made it to page 4 - these are wonderful*****

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#32

Chinese Pond Turtle

Chinese Pond Turtle

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weatherwitch 1 year ago

It's virtually 3d effect!

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Crocodile

Crocodile

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Debi Talula 1 year ago

Every stone is awesome. What a beautiful and gifted artist.

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