Diamonds After Divorce: Mary Anna Pomonis' Engagement Ring Art

01/10/2011 04:45am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

L.A.-based artist Mary Anna Pomonis began painting diamonds ten years ago. Intially, she was drawn to the objects for their symbolism--"the idea that getting a big diamond from a man was a rite of passage for women fascinated me"--and soon found herself painting the precious gems frequently. "I became obsessed with learning how to paint diamonds." When she was pregnant with her daughter, she stopped, because the chemicals in the material she uses, acrylic airbrush, were potentially harmful to her baby.

After the dissolution of her marriage last year (her husband abruptly walked out on her and her young daughter after 10 years of marriage), Pomonis returned to painting the gems. Seven of her newer pieces are on display now at Annie Wharton Los Angeles through January 13.