Mural Artist Uses Paint To “Trick-The-Eye”

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SAN DIEGO - March 7, 2014 - PRLog -- California mural artist Rik Erickson has just completed twelve large paintings for local children at Sharp Hospital in San Diego, California. Rik paints in a realistic, 3-D, “Trompe L'oeil” (trick the eye) style and the work was painted looking out of twelve imaginary windows. Trompe L'oeil is a very old technique that uses realistic angles, perspectives and true-to-life sizing of objects to appear life-like and has been reported as far back as 464 B.C. It is a specialty of the artist and is used in most of his work.

The paintings included colorful Hummingbird, Scrub Jay, Robin, Mockingbird and other animals painted into ocean and local scenes that would transform the bare walls into something of beauty and inspiration.

The idea sprung from reinventing sterile/drab hospital walls into a new uplifting environment that the children ages 5 – 17 and staff would love.

Trompe L'oeil artwork is like watching a magic trick each time you see it and it's always fun to see peoples enjoyment when they first view it.” Rik Erickson

Rik Erickson has ongoing relationships with local business and medical facilities because of his commitment to high quality levels of art that are both sensitive to the needs of the patients, as well as staff, administrators and visitors. Previous artwork includes an 112' long tropical ocean mural with flying pelicans, tropical waterfall and red exotic flowers.

About Rik Erickson

Rik Erickson runs a full service mural, faux and art company out of San Diego, California. He is a member of The National Society Of Mural Artists, The San Diego Art Institute, SALI and Artisans By The Sea. His list of clients include interior designers, architects, City government, U.S. military, businesses, non-profit organizations & private homeowners. His next project will be a series of murals at the new Del Mar Resort for the Marines at Camp Pendleton, California.

All of these twelve paintings, more of his murals and further contact with him can be found at or at

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