AC’s paintings offer a rigorous study of light and optics, approaching the subject matter as portraiture of modern day relics for a world that loves beautiful trophies.
Angie painted her first diamond — at 5 feet tall — in 2011 for her exhibition, “Living the Dream” as a commentary on the American Dream. Inspired by her viewers’ responses, AC continued to dig deeper into our perception of excess, wealth and luxury. Using oil paint, she creates magnified portraits of real gemstones. Her most well-known commissions include “The Pink Promise” diamond and Chopard’s massive 342 carat “Queen of Kalahari” diamond.
Today, Angie continues to push the boundaries of what it means to desire and value earth’s treasures — using precious gemstones as a means to unpack the psychology and allure of luxury culture.
Growing up in Northern California, she found crystals and minerals on walks with her gold mining grandfather, quickly learning about what society agrees are some of the world’s most valuable objects. In 2009, she graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, and painted her first diamond in 2011 between teaching gigs. She now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.