Here at Gem Hunt we celebrate diamonds in all forms and what they represent especially when we discover a new artist that shares our sentiment. Enter Jackie Graham who shares our hometown (San Francisco) and our love diamonds. She is also multi-talented with a paintbrush and creates amazing watercolor paintings of different things (diamonds just being our entry into her art). You should definitely check out her website to see her other subjects. We caught up with her over some very special Gem Hunt exclusive diamond watercolors and we were privy to her confession...she just really loves diamonds - us too honey.
Why do you love diamonds?
How can you not?! That indescribable sparkle, the never-ending facets, the hidden colors… no one diamond is ever the same and it’s extraordinary that a slightly different cut can completely change the entire appearance of the same type of stone.
How do diamonds require special attention when painting?
The layers of shapes and colors. When working with watercolor you really have to plan and layer. Since you can’t erase or paint over your previous brush strokes, it is truly a test in patience. Often less is more… watercolor that is, not diamonds.
What inspires you about making your own art?
I think making art allows (or maybe forces?) you look at the world in a new way. You’re constantly observing and acutely attune to all aesthetics around you. I guess I would say, it makes every sensory experience more rich, from that an unreal sunset to a weird stain on the sidewalk.
Do you have a favorite cut of diamonds?
Not so much a particular cut, as particular styles. I love vintage pieces that feel like they have a story — especially from the Art Deco period. Conversely, I’m also really drawn to non-traditional pieces that use unexpected colors or mixtures of cuts. Pieces that feel completely unique. Also I am obsessed with black diamonds. Also I think it’s becoming clear that I just really like diamonds.