Stone artist Akie Nakata’s artwork is breathtaking.

This Japanese artist has been collecting stones and rocks since she was a child and began her exquisite paintings in 2011.

Akie finds animal-shaped stones that you can fit in the palm of your hand and begins the intricate process of painting the stone’s surface with acrylic paint.

Below you will see Akie’s work, which is remarkably lifelike. One of her goals upon completing an animal is to “feel the life in the stone.”

 

You can see more of Akie’s artwork on Instagram.

You can also get the chance to own one of these unique pieces when their availability is announced on Facebook.

Enjoy the beauty.