Jackie Bond has chipped away at her art for 18 years.
When she is finished chipping the stone, she paints on it.
A friend told Bond to check out the "picture" rock, a type of sandstone in a Taylor quarry.
"I looked at the stone and said, ‘That looks like mountain ranges. That looks like a cave. There is a valley.'
"It just blew me away," Bond said.
Picture rock aka Sierra stone has layers from white, to tan, to mauve to brown and everything in between.
Bond began to imagine what images she could paint on the swirling lines in the rock that would add to its beauty.
For the 20-some years previous, landscapes were her usual subject.
The artist said she felt "challenged and inspired" to try her hand at painting people and animals.
Now, cowboys herd buffalos against a subtle sunset in one piece.
In another, bears look up startled from their forage for food.
"I look at a rock and I see a painting in it. Making the painting interesting without covering much of the design is the trick," she said.
For instance, to paint a scene with a barn, Bond must find a stone that has wide layers on the bottom part.
In one piece of stone, a bear in profile occurred naturally.
Bond painted another in the foreground.
"But no artist can do as well as the Master and that humbles me and put me in awe of creation and makes me thankful for my gift," she said.
Mauve tones in the rock call
for flowers and hummingbirds.
Bond is one of many area artists busy creating new works for the 'Neath the Rim Fine Art and Fine Craft Show and Sale.
This year, as in the past eight years, Bond has donated a hummingbird she painted for the raffle at the show.
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Proceeds from the raffle support art programs in area schools.
"I enjoy talking to the people at the show. I have met a lot of friends with these stones," Bond said.
She has won a people's choice award and several honorable mentions at the annual Payson
"My art is like a friend. It is always there for me. If I am sad, it makes me feel better. If I am happy, it makes me feel happier," Bond said.
She will be joined at the 'Neath the Rim Show by painter Rock Newcomb, fiber artist Eve Smith and contrasting wood artists Curt Hart and Forrest Wellington, among many others.
The show is at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.
The artists' reception is from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2. Admission is $5 at the door.
The show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4.