is an Optillusion?
The optillusion is an art technique
that I developed in 2005. So far I have not seen anyone else
trying to copy this technique. An optillusion is a picture
that appears to change in some subtle ways as you view it
from different angles. At art shows someone is always standing
in front of an optillusion and asking, is this
a photo or a painting? The correct answer is
Yes, it is both and more.
To create an optillusion I begin
with one of my best digital photographs. I work on it in the
computer, cleaning it up and enhancing it. Then I giclée
print it onto artists canvas. Next I mount the canvas on stretchers
(24 x 18 in.) just like any other painting. Now I enhance
it even more by painting into it with non-traditional
paints and varnishes. I also build textures into the art with
a pallet knife and other tools. I often apply different materials
such as sand, seashells, feathers, leaves, beads, grass, rhinestones,
etc. depending on what serves my purpose at the time. When
my work is complete I have created a limited edition, numbered
and signed, giclée printed, hand-embellished canvas
just for you. It is called an Optillusion.