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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#1 Red Fox

Red Fox

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Meredith Parker 11 months ago

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

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#2 Hamster

Hamster

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Geedee Gituma 11 months ago

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

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#3 Mom And Baby Sea Otter

Mom And Baby Sea Otter

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Geedee Gituma 11 months ago

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

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#4 Blue Bird

Blue Bird

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It looks real.

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#5 Owl

Owl

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Misterscooter 11 months ago

Definitely a favorite.

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#6 Baby Seal

Baby Seal

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Daniel Sipes 11 months ago

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

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#7 Pug Dog

Pug Dog

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#8 Raccoon

Raccoon

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C.Marrero 11 months ago

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

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#9 Golden Retriever

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Misterscooter 11 months ago

Those eyes.

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#10 Koala

Koala

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Daniel Sipes 11 months ago

Obviously this person is a koala-fied artist.

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#11 Snow Owl

Snow Owl

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Hedwig! 🦉

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#12 Baby Owl

Baby Owl

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#13 Mom And Baby Elephant

Mom And Baby Elephant

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Shruti Naik 11 months ago

I love this! they're so cute!

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#14 Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

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Helga Kelly-Nagy 11 months ago

adore your wolf

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#15 Hippo

Hippo

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Misterscooter 11 months ago

It was just waiting to come out of that rock.

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#16 Laying Himalayan Cat

Laying Himalayan Cat

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May Be 11 months ago

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

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#17 Eagle Owl

Eagle Owl

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Misterscooter 11 months ago

Little hoot.

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#18 Young Lion

Young Lion

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Shruti Naik 11 months ago

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

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#19 Green Iguana

Green Iguana

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D.S. Watson 11 months ago

Wow, the detail on this is astounding.

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#20 Possum Family

Possum Family

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Carole Dose 11 months ago

Brilliantly executed!

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#21 Wings Of Affection

Wings Of Affection

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#22 Baby Red-Eared Slider

Baby Red-Eared Slider

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Heather 11 months ago

It's so cute!

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#23 Himalayan Cat

Himalayan Cat

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Veronica Ace Greene 11 months ago

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

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#24 Long Haired Tortoiseshell Cat

Long Haired Tortoiseshell Cat

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Esther Evans 11 months ago

That's a calico cat...

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#25 Polar Bear

Polar Bear

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Daniel Sipes 11 months ago

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

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#26 Leopard

Leopard

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Veronica Ace Greene 11 months ago

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

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#27 Japanese Chin Dog

Japanese Chin Dog

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UniversalMel 11 months ago

Isn’t that also called a shih-tzu?

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#28 Owl Friends

Owl Friends

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Linda Reynolds 11 months ago

So lifelike! So beautiful!

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#29 Tuxedo Cat

Tuxedo Cat

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#30 Dendrobates

Dendrobates

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Angelika 11 months ago

Sweet :)

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#31 Somali Cat

Somali Cat

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Jesse Smith 11 months 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 11 months ago

It's virtually 3d effect!

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#33 Crocodile

Crocodile

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Debi Talula 11 months ago

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

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