Each painting begins with a gem...
I create elaborate portraits of diamonds at 1,000+ times their original size.
Each diamond is hand sketched & painted using reference photos, directly onto a custom built panel or canvas.
Originals take 3 - 6 months to complete, and are sometimes offered to the public as limited-edition prints.
Each facet is blended with handmade oil paint.
To ensure the portrait's accuracy, I analyze the brilliance, reflections and colors of the stone.
I work with a color palette that combines both my vision, and my client's. My techniques create an illusion of sparkle, similar to the real thing.
Each painting takes
over 100 hours to complete.
After applying the base coat, I paint every facet one by one, in multiple layers. Each layer takes 1-2 weeks to dry.
I share in-progress photos to help my clients understand the process of capturing a diamond's beauty, colors, and light refraction down to the smallest detail.
The diamond portraits are named after their owners.
The finished work of art allows us to appreciate the beauty of the diamond in a new way.
Diamonds are symbolic of nature and romance ― now they are turned into a timeless work of art with a unique story.
Watch behind-the-scenes at Angie Crabtree Studio