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What are High Plains Critters?

High Plains Critters are pets, animals, flowers, gnome homes and other cute items painted by hand on simple, ordinary rocks and stones.  Small rock critters weigh a few ounces and can fit into your pocket; larger painted rocks weigh several pounds and are best displayed in a semi-permanent location. 

I have always loved nature, walking, and discovering the unexpected in a piece of art. Rock painting has enabled me to combine these interests to create one-of-a-kind, endearing artwork for you.

Before & After Painted Rock Owl by Cindy Thomas

Like so many people today, I'm an enthusiastic believer in simple, natural, economical living - rock painting allows me to recycle an ordinary item into something extraordinary.

Watch these videos to see how I transformed rocks and stones into endearing painted rocks in 2015 and 2014.


What can you do with a painted rock?

  • Display as a unique art object at your workplace, in your home, or in your garden. 
  • Brighten the day of a nursing home resident or hospital patient with a pocket rock. 
  • Impress your grade school buddies on “show and tell” day. 
  • Hold and look at it from all angles — you'll smile because it’s hard to believe it’s a rock. 

What are others saying about Cindy's painted rocks?

  • "I am so impressed by the selection of the rocks used for the characters. Please keep up the great work on the rest of my collection... Your craftsmanship is WELL WORTH the wait !!!." - Steve M, Arizona
  • [my snake is] “way cool.” - Donna H, Ohio 
  • “Your work is beautiful.” - Barbara R, New Jersey 
  • "Thank you for the beautiful penguin!  You are so gifted by God!" - Sue T, New Jersey 
  • "Thank you very much for the mouse and cheese rocks ... and the calico cat rock ... I love them." - Sophie F (6 yrs. old), New York 
  • "Thank you so much for my birthday 'rock.'  My great grandchildren thought it great, so do I." - Reba D, Colorado 
  • "These rocks are really beautiful ... just amazing." - David G, Arizona  

What's the process for painting your rocks?

The first step is a search for a suitable rock.  Sometimes I know the shape I’m looking for and want to paint, other times the rock suggests the subject matter.

As each color of acrylic paint is added, the rock begins to develop a personality and eventually becomes a unique piece of art that rocks.  One to two coats of a sealant is applied to protect the colors and extend the life of the hand-painted rock.

Painted rocks can weigh a few ounces and fit into your pocket; larger painted rocks weigh several pounds and are best displayed in a semi-permanent location.


My desire is to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face with painted rocks.

High Plains Critters Painted Rocks by Cindy Thomas


Click these links to see my painted rocks for sale - Amazon Kindle rock painting how-to ebooks - Facebook pagePinterest boardsrock painting blogunique nativities painted on rocksFlikr gallery of Cindy's painted rocks and Cindy Painted Rocks website.