Artist Brings Stones To Life By Realistically Painting Animals On Them

Akie Nakata is a Japanese “stone artist”, as she calls herself. Her canvas is anything but ordinary since she uses stones and realistically paints on them, this way bringing them to life. As Nakata says herself, “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.”

Her work is so detailed and realistic it’s impossible not to adore it. According to Nakata, she paints eyes of these animals at the very end, “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.”

Scroll down to see her incredible work yourself!

Red Fox


Mom And Baby Sea Otter

Blue Bird


Baby Seal

Pug Dog


Golden Retriever


Snow Owl

Baby Owl

Mom And Baby Elephant

Lone Wolf


Laying Himalayan Cat

Eagle Owl

Young Lion

Green Iguana

Possum Family

Wings Of Affection

Baby Red-Eared Slider

Himalayan Cat

Long Haired Tortoiseshell Cat

Polar Bear


Japanese Chin Dog

Owl Friends

Tuxedo Cat


Somali Cat

Chinese Pond Turtle


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