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September-October 2016

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Connecticut Artist Sue Gerson Banks (b. 1948)

When I first saw Sue Gerson Banks's artwork on the Internet, I was amazed at her skill in depicting both waterworn and polished stones in the trompe l'oeil style (French for “to deceive the eye”). This is a style frequently used for paintings that appear so realistic that one could seemingly reach out and pick up the objects. It is a technique requiring a keen eye for detail, perspective, and especially careful shading, to ensure that the “fool the eye” impact is not lost.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.       

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