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, paintings on sliding  doors; fusuma, and freestanding folding screens, BYOBU, while not unique to Japan, were
                                                developed into major formats for painting in the Momoyama  and Tokugawa periods. Over [a] foundation  of wood, pieces of 
                                                paper  are pasted to  build up a  backing  that can   support the surface,  usually  paper,  but  occasionally silk, on which a
                                                painting has been executed. Each fusuma door is provided with an outer frame, usually black lacquered wood; and a metal 
                                                handhold near one edge, enabling the door to be pushed back and forth without damaging the painted surface.
panels  are narrower than fusuma and are joined together with a complicated system of hinges;  The  perimeter of
                                                the  whole is framed,  usually with wood that is   lacquered black. During the  Momoyama period, byobu and fusuma came
                                                into  wide  use  in  residential  architecture   for  the  nobility,  the  daimyo  and  samurai,   and  wealthy  townsmen,  and in
                                                conjunction with this there developed a new aesthetic of bright colors, including gold and silver paint on a ground of gold leaf
                                                or occasionally silver leaf. It has been suggested that gold leaf became popular because it reflected and  augmented the dim
                                                light in castles. Another theory is that specific landscape screens using gold leaf and bright colors were intended to suggest
                                                the  gold  and jeweled environment of Amida's Western Paradise.  While  both of  these conjectures are justifiable,  it is also
                                                true  that  gold grounds were  a natural   expression of the sudden  affluence of the Momoyama period.  Japanese gold leaf is
                                                known to be the thinnest in the world, and the technique for making it is labor intensive.

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                                                                        "Waterfall w/ Moon and Maples"  each panel  80 x 24 inches   2000

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                                                                         "Abstract Arrangement W/ Circles"  each panel  80 x 24 inches   2001

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Dragonfly and Bellflowers" (Red Version)  each panel 80 x 32 inches  2001

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                                                                                            3 Panel one sided Screen OR Triptych  80 x 78 inches

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                                                                                                          Four Panel one sided screen  2002
EACH PANEL: 80" X 14"

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                                                                             The Following Two Panels are variations of existing work computer
                                                                          constructed as recommendations for upcoming commissioned projects.                                                                                 

Singled Sided  "Screens" may also be viewed / installed as Triptych Paintings
                                                                                                 each panel 80 x 24 inches:  overall  80 x 73 inches                                               

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                                                                                       Triptych View #1                                           Triptych View #2



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                       Wall Mounted Headboard   2001    
Cherry Blossoms W/ New Moon   2001            Design No. 3C-01
                                                   36 x 80 inches                                                     60 x 48 Inches                                80 x36 inches


                                      Six Basic Categories of Trompe L'Oeil

                                       In Architecture:
                                       Faux moldings: details such as moldings, columns, and niches.
                                       Grisalle: French for "shades of gray", Ornamentation.
                                       Polychrome ornaments: Same as grisalle but using colors.

                                       Fine Art:
                                       Murals:  are large scale trompe l'oeil, combining three dimensional
                                                       architectural elements with landscape/figures.
                                       Trompe l'Oeil marquetry:  both stone and wood are used instead of paint.
                                       Trompe L'Oeil paintings:  fine art still life incorporating trompe l'oeil

                                       Trompe L'oeil- pronounced:   trump-loy, translated from French means  "to
                                       deceive the eye".  It is a technique used by [still life] artists to trick
                                       the viewer into believing that the objects that he is looking at are real.
                                       As trompe l'oeil artists it is our goal to give the impression of depth
                                       where there is none and to give the impression of volume where there is
                                       only area.

                                       The trompe l'oeil tradition in painting is rooted in antiquity. From the
                                       Natural History by Pliny the Elder, we have descriptions of the use
                                       of this technique...


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