Trompe L'Oeil

Trompe L'Oeil is French for 'deceive the eye'. It is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the painted objects are three dimensional. I use this technique often to create the look of stone or wood, especially in window-scapes where a view is framed by a stone frame. I especially enjoy creating trompe carved reliefs - like stone benches, corbels or rose medallions. Many layers of paint and glaze create the shadows and highlights that make an object appear to extend from the wall. The grapes and wine glasses of my Tuscan murals also appear to be real. The bamboo poles, woodgrain effect and thatched walls in my Tiki Hut Mural are another example. Here's a collection of some of my work in this technique...
View of Tuscany Mural
View of Tuscany Mural

Trompe L'Oeil stone and wrought iron details. Clients initial "carved" into the keystone at the top of the arch.

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Detail from Carpe Diem Window Mural
Detail from Carpe Diem Window Mural
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Napa Valley Winery Mural
Napa Valley Winery Mural

Trompe L'Oeil window

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Cracked plaster and exposed stone
Cracked plaster and exposed stone
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Detail from a bas relief frieze over an entranceway
Detail from a bas relief frieze over an entranceway
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Trompe L'Oeil Rose Medallion, ribbon and grapes
Trompe L'Oeil Rose Medallion, ribbon and grapes
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Tiki Hut Mural
Tiki Hut Mural

Incorporating the existing louvered door into the mural with trompe l'oeil beams and bamboo

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Tikli Hut Bathroom Mural Lovebirds
Tikli Hut Bathroom Mural Lovebirds
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Hydrangea Garden Mural
Hydrangea Garden Mural

Trompe window and corbels (brackets)

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