A special type of illusion artwork by Lehighton artist Jay Davenport, of Stillwater Studio, was featured recently at the Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua.

Davenport's artwork, Trompe L'oeil, French for "trick of the eye", relates to an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create an optical illusion portraying objects and images that appear in three-dimensions instead of a normal two-dimensional painting.

Davenport, who stressed his enjoyment of the arts started as a child, started taking painting and illustration art classes at age 27 and continued an additional four years as an apprentice. His training consisted of private instruction in Hazleton, Philadelphia and Bear Creek from 1991 to 1996, followed by an Associates Degree of Painting/ Illustration at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, and Representational Atelier at The Waichulis Studio in Naticoke.

He also received various publications from American Arts, Quarterly, American Art Collector, Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector, Artist Magazine, Strokes of Genius book, American Artist's Drawing Magazine and so on. An array of special art awards were also presented to Davenport via the Artist Magazine, American Artist's Drawing Magazine, Bosque Conservatory, F.A.S.O., Hazleton Art Gallery, Wyoming Valley Art League, various news outlets and others.

In addition to showing his artworks, Davenport stated he routinely provides visitors art seminars designed with an intense and disciplined curriculum for individuals with enthusiasm, passion, determination and, of course, love of art. He starts his seminars using basic form art, to include sphere, cylinder, cone and cube. "Visitors can develop an understanding of the effect of light on dimensional subject matter on an object by using values of light," said Davenport.

His artwork has been featured in numerous artists magazines and shown at a number of popular galleries in Santa Fe, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Cape Cod, Arizona, New Mexico, California and other parts of the country.

For more information about Davenport's artwork, visit his gallery at call him at (570) 952-5663 or visit him online at jdavenportart.com