You can feel the chill from these hyperrealistic iceberg finger paintings

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 recreated the complex details of the sea, icebergs and snow mountains with nothing but her bare fingers.

Zaria Forman finger painting icebergs

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.

Iceberg finger painting by Zaria Forman

“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 finger paintings of icebergs below and follow her on Instagram.

Painting by hand
The incredible detail of finger painted icebergs
Detailed art by Zaria Forman
Beautiful finger paintings


  1. Chris H.

    love the finger paintings ! what kind of paint are you using?

    1. Daniel Swanick

      I always used acrylics, but I haven’t painted in a long time.

  2. catherineknightblog

    Wow absolutely incredible artworks done with soft pastels and her fingers amazing!! Thanks again Daniel, for showing us these great works of creativity and passion combined to make such realistic looking images.

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