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Hyper-realistic paintings of crystals and minerals by Carly Waito

Toronto-based artist Carly Waito amazingly paints hyper-realistic pictures of bright crystals and minerals. They are so realistic that we can easily assume they are just photographs.

As a painter, Waito has continued to pursue this inspiration, with a focus towards geology, geometry, light, and a sense of wonder and curiosity. These themes are uniquely encompassed by the tiny mineral specimens which have become her particular obsession. With each finely detailed painting, Waito focuses the eye on a specimen’s particular qualities, showing the beauty and magic that is present even in nature’s tiniest objects, if one looks closely enough and with a curious mind.

Carly Waito

More info: Website, Instagram.

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