At first glance, these images of glaciers and icebergs on cold, tranquil seas look like they were professionally photographed. It may surprise you to learn that they’re not photographs, they’re enormous, soft pastel finger paintings.
Inspired by her childhood voyages through some of the world’s most remote landscapes, Brooklyn-based painter Zaria Forman has masterfully recreates the complex details of the sea, icebergs and snow mountains with nothing but her bare fingers.
Zaria is an environmentally conscious artist, with many of her finger paintings depicting glaciers, bodies of water or storm fronts. She brings together the hues of blue, white and grey to capture the hyperrealistic beauty of our natural world, while evoking a sense of reflection on how it is being depleted in our hands. With the issue of climate change being a central theme in many of her works, these finger paintings focus on the problems we face in terms of water conservation, melting polar ice, and rising sea levels.
“I developed an appreciation for the beauty and vastness of the ever-changing sky and sea. I loved watching a far-off storm on the western desert plains; the monsoon rains of southern India; and the cold arctic light illuminating Greenland’s waters,” Forman writes on her website.
You can check out some more of her works below and follow her on Instagram.