Passionate River


Passionate River

Oil on Panel


Mixed Media

2.5 inch Museum Wrap Panel

Semi-Precious Stones


Lu Martin Galleries

372 North Coast Hwy. |  Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Gallery Row | 949-494-8074


Elements Series

Bringing in ELEMENTS of the earth into Fine Art

My “Elements” series is a creative blending of semiprecious stones and unique pieces of the earth with traditional fine art. I love nature. I love finding things that were created by nature such as semiprecious stones, shells an other items, some of which are millions of years old.

“I’ve never seen anything like it”

Most of the stones I use have been collected for a year in order to work out my compositions and then incorporate them into my paintings.

I get them from all around the world and from various vendors. Each semiprecious stone has individual properties generated energetically from the stone. The energy can be felt by wearing the stone, touching the stone and by having the stone in a room of your home.

I encourage people to touch the stones on the art to resonate with its properties. I include properties of the stones with the descriptions. Some stones are healing, energizing, loving, calming. Some resonate with different chakras and evoke emotions. These properties will fill your room where the art will hang.

I love working with and showcasing the unique beauty found in each semiprecious stone. I work with mostly Grade A and B semiprecious stones. Sometimes I use stones that are in rough form before they are faceted like a fine piece of jewelry. The semiprecious stones I use in my Elements series come from all over the world.

I hope you enjoy these unique works as much as I enjoy creating them.

Stones Used:

Petrified Wood: From Amanda Adkins from the TV show Prospectors on The Weather Channel. She collected them in Utah.


Amanda Adkins of Prospectors and Tesa Michaels

Prospectors on The Weather Channel

Prospectors on The Weather Channel










Pudding Stone

Apache Tears

Black Tourmaline

Agate, Crazy Lace Agate



Tiger’s Eye and Tiger’s Iron

Black Onyx

Sharks Teeth

Mica (mountains)

Red Quartz


From The Artist:

This painting was inspired by the amazing Petrified Wood that I got from Amanda Adkins of Prospectors. It was such a beautiful colors of reds and browns, which are my favorite colors, so I wanted to create a painting that really enhanced the stones.

I have used so many amazing specimens in this painting, I hope you will take the time to look at them all (yet, they are so much different in person which will bring out so much more detail).

I added small sharks teeth as well, so I thought it will be like a “Where’s Waldo” game to find them. I hope you find the 4 I added into the painting.

I call this painting “Passionate River” because that is what describes my life right now, living with passion. The red to me is such a deep passionate color that blended beautifully with all the stones that only went along with the passion I put into this painting and adding all the amazing stones that I did.


Additional information

Dimensions 5377260058 × 537724057 in


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