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WHY ROCKS?

I know it might sound strange but I always thought that stones have souls. During my walks on the beach as ‘rock hunter‘ I came across truly incredible shapes, molded by water over the years. It’s so exciting, I have to say there’s something magical about my collaboration with Mother Nature. She’s an excellent sculptor that gives me inspiration and new pieces to decorate day after day…

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Before...
...AFTER!
A BIT OF HISTORY

I first met the magic of rock painting art in 1996. I was working as an illustrator for various publishing houses, and I painted mainly with watercolour. Rock painting made me discover and explore the potential of acrylic. Currently it’s my favourite medium, even when I work on canvas. I love to paint rocks, this gives me the chance to mix togheter the old and the new (it’s not an accident that this fascinating technique was born in very ancient times!). Nowadays we can dress stones with very versatile new paints, which guarantee good resistance in time.

In the past few years I created thousands of creatures of all shapes and sizes. I don’t only paint animals, but they are by far my favourite subjects, because painting them literally helps me bring inanimate mineral matters to life. Each of my artworks is unique, and the rocks I use are not at all processed. I always honour every hole or imperfection Mother Nature has carried out in decades; moreover, I try to exploit it through my drawings with nuance, light and shade effects.

HOW TO PURCHASE?

Image galleries give you an idea of my work, but most of the displayed items were sold. Please remember that because of the support I use (unprocessed stones), all my artworks are unique. I can repeat subjects which are no more available, but obviously they will be slightly different from the ones you see on website, although similar in shapes and sizes.

Prices depend on complexity, size, processing times and uniqueness of the artwork. My rocks are painted on both sides and covered with a matt paint which ensures colour preservation in time. Artworks are complete with signature and a Certificate of Autenticity which guarantees you products are totally handmade by me. I also work on commission and carry out pet portraits on rocks. For further information contact me.

WHAT I OFFER?

In the last few years the rock painting art has achieved a great success around the world and many fans of this fascinating technique have decided to submit their works online and sell them through shopping channels. However, it’s important to distinguish between the work of a professional artist and a hobbyist. I have 25 years proven track record as rock painter and I have always guaranteed the maximum in terms of quality and level of detail. Take a look at my painted stones gallery!

PAINTED ROCKS GALLERY

MAMMALS

BIRDS & REPTILES

AMPHIBIANS, FISHES & INVERTEBRATES

F. A. Q.
WHERE ARE THE ROCKS COLLECTED?

There are many gathering places throughout Southern Europe, but you have to avoid national parks and protected areas. I prefer the beaches and marine stones, but also along the course of rivers and streams, one can encounter forms of extraordinary beauty.

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DO YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT WILL THE ROCK BECOME WHEN YOU COLLECTED IT?

Yes, in most cases. Other times I choose a stone for its intriguing form and decide only later what it will turn out to be.

ARE THE ROCKS POLISHED OR ARTIFICIALLY MODIFIED?

No, the stones are not treated in any way, every hole or defect has been created spontaneously so it is respected and I even try to enhance it through design, shades and chiaroscuro. In some cases, I smooth the base to make them more stable.

WHAT KIND OF PAINT IS USED?

Acrylic colors: water-based, odorless and non-toxic.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PAINT A ROCK?

The time required will vary depending on the size of the stone and the subject. For a stone of about six inches it takes on average time from 5 to 8 hours.

IS THE PAINTING PERMANENT?

Yes, a lifetime guarantee if the stone is kept in a covered place. In addition to using high-quality pigments, the work is protected with a glaze of UV satin varnish to protect it against sunlight and dust damage.

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CAN I KEEP MY PAINTED STONE IN THE GARDEN?

Sheltered under a canopy would be better. No varnish could ever protect from the fury of the elements: the long rain, snow, moisture and direct sunlight can cause fading or spoil the artwork.

ARE PAINTED ROCKS WATER RESISTANT? HOW CAN I CLEAN THEM?

They are water resistant and it is advisable to remove any dust deposits using just a soft damped cloth.

CAN I PUT A PAINTED ROCK IN THE AQUARIUM?

No, to be avoided. Even if it is waterproof this does not mean it can be soaked forever!

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ARE THE ROCKS PAINTED ON ALL SIDES?

Yes, stones are finely painted on both sides, signed and protected with a finishing paint. Exceptions are cases that appear to be ‘leaning’ on the stone such as butterflies. In these cases, I use the bare stone as a base.

I SAW ON THE SITE A ROCK THAT I LIKE BUT IT WAS SOLD. CAN YOU DO IT AGAIN?

Sure. It’s true that the stone makes each piece unique, but if some subjects are no longer available, I can reproduce most of them in a precise way, using slightly different shapes and sizes.

HOW MUCH DO PAINTED ROCKS COST?

Prices vary according to the size of the rock and of the chosen subject. I invite you to visit my shop to purchase my artworks or fill the contact form for a quote.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO MAKE A PORTRAIT OF MY PET?

Visit this page for info and prices or email me attaching some pictures of your pet and I’ll answer as soon as possible by sending you a detailed quote.

BESIDES ANIMALS, WHAT ARE SUBJECTS CAN BE PAINTED?

In recent years I have painted on stone really everything: cribs, celebrities, landscapes, flower arrangements, glimpses of small towns, iceberg with penguins, portraits of people and much, much more.

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH MY PAINTED STONE?

Times may vary due to commissions, but it usually takes me from 15 days to two months and to these you must add delivery times. Please read my terms and conditions for further information.

HOW DOES THE SHIPPING WORK?

I ship my artworks worldwide. You can choose a flat rate or a faster one. Please visit my shop for further information.

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