River rocks may not seem very interesting to you, but once you see what Italian rock painter Ernestina Gallina can do with them, I’ll bet you’ll see them in a new light.
Ernestina Gallina, from Cenestino, Italy has had a thing for the arts ever since she was just a child. She loved painting, drawing and modelling, but because her family never encouraged her to develop her skills, she never attended art school and she only exercised her artistic talents as a hobby. In 1987, she and her family moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where she discovered a yet unknown world – that of nature and animals. Then, one day at the library, she stumbled upon a book on rock painting, and became intrigued about how simple river stones could be transformed into nature-inspired works of art. It gave her the chance to combine her passion for the arts with her love of wildlife, so she started rock painting and never looked back.
After honing her skills for three years, Ernestina Gallina started teaching others the secrets of rock painting, and in 2003 she founded Italy’s first rock painting club. Although rock painting as an art form has been around for a very long time, this Italian master has taken it to new heights with her series of incredibly realistic “living stones”.
All photos © Ernestina Gallina
Source: Pietre Vive