The term "trompe l'oeil" from the French language means "to fool the eye".
My fascination with it began when I was 17 and got separated from my tour group while visiting the Louvre in Paris. Somewhere in the winding hallways on the way to the Egyptian exhibit, I became mesmerized by the artwork that lined the walls—looming life-like white marble cherubs set in alcoves and standing on pedestals. The more I looked, the harder it was to discern that they were actually flat and painted on canvases. I was hooked.
Trompe l'oeil is the study of light and shadow. It teases the visually accepted, toys with believability, and incorporates a touch of humor. It is my privilege to be able to bring some of this technique into the work I do today.