01 Lighthouse chest

01 Lighthouse chest

The artist poses with one of his early commissions, a chest of drawers transformed by New Jersey's Barnegat Lighthouse. With this composition he began to use trompe l'oeil and perspective to cleverly wrap his landscape around the corner of the chest.

 

02 Chimney board

02 Chimney board

This chimney board panel was painted in trompe l'oeil style for a fireplace in a Victorian home. The client's tuxedo cat, "Mr. Kitty," is caught lounging as he notices the unusual activity of birds and a squirrel surprising him from above — he's probably more afraid of them than they are of him!

 

03 The Bird Girl of Wenonah

03 The Bird Girl of Wenonah

This "statue" was hand-painted in trompe l'oeil fashion on ½-inch signboard for private use during a backyard theme party at the artist's home. The Bird Girl, a cemetery statue and original artwork formerly located in the Bonneventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga., now stands in a museum there. The statue became an icon for the novel and motion picture, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.

 

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