These pets are guaranteed to be quiet, well behaved and flea-free!

“Very, very cute and adored by my gift recipient! 
Finest detail and fabulous wrapped presentation. 
Thank you!!!”

Etsy Review 


Do you take commissions?

I’m no longer taking orders for pet portraits or other custom work.  If you are interested in a painted stone of a particular breed or type of animal which I don’t have listed for sale, please contact me, I’m happy to let you know if/when I next have one available.

How do you select your stones?

I spend a lot of time choosing exactly the right ones to paint on as I like them to look as realistic as possible from all angles, as an animal would be in real life.  I only use rocks that are 3d in shape, rather than flat, so that their sitting position is natural for the animals they represent.   Stones for owls, frogs, pukekos and kiwis are quite a challenge to find as they have to be very specific shapes and also stand upright without support, so I don’t always have many of those available.

What is your painting process?

I prime the stone first with several layers of gesso to seal it and provide an extra smooth painting surface.  I then sketch on the main outlines of the animal, working with the natural shape of each stone to acheive a realistic pose. 

The next stage consists of gradually building up many layers of paint, using very tiny brushes to acheive the finest details such as fur and whiskers, and finishing the eyes at the very end.  As I paint, any irregularities or fissures in the stone are carefully included to merge with the natural shape or texture of the animal. 

How do I care for my rock pet?

Each animal stone is painted with high quality artist’s acrylic and coated with a clear, matte varnish to add extra protection, however it is recommended to keep indoors and preferably out of constant direct sunlight, to ensure the colours keep their original quality.

If needed, it can be cleaned gently with a damp cloth.

Give your animal rock a nice place to sit, and plenty of admiration (and maybe even a companion or two), and it will reward you by being the easiest pet to care for, ever!!

How will it be packaged and shipped?

Your rock pet will travel securely in its own little box with plenty of bedding, and sent in sturdy waterproof packaging.
If it is to be a gift, I can include a message from sender to recipient, printed attractively on note card and attached to the box – just leave a note (or email) when you purchase.

FREE SHIPPING within NZ on orders of 2 or more painted stones.  I post within 2 days of reciept of payment.  Tracking is included.

I also ship overseas: more information is available here.