I paint portraits of diamonds.
I graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009, and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. I painted my first diamond — at 5 feet tall — in 2012 for an art exhibition about materialism & luxury. Inspired by their abstract patterns, I began collecting images of diamonds and speaking with gem cutters. Without any prior knowledge of gemology, I fell in love with their symmetrical patterns and began painting every shape, one by one.
Engagement ring stones, patented cuts, and auction diamonds are my muses.
Originally a high school art teacher for 7 years, I quit in 2015 to pursue my art career. My work was discovered by the jewelry industry via instagram, and I was invited to paint at my first gem show in 2016. Now I spend every day doing what I love. I work with private clients and corporate companies worldwide who share a mutual appreciation for beautiful gems.
Each painting is comprised of several thin layers of color, and takes 3-6 months to complete.
Each layer takes 1-2 weeks to dry, so I rotate between 10-15 pieces at a time. Painted in oil on canvas, I use a classical glazing technique to create a stained-glass effect, reminiscent of 17th century royalty portraiture. The result is a photo-realistically painted diamond enlarged 1000+ times. Their large scale allows viewers to experience the small, beautiful gems in an up-close and personal way.