Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Trompe l'oeil Murals in Frederick, Maryland

I was just in Frederick, Maryland.  If you ever get a chance to visit Frederick make sure to visit the historic district which has some wonderful trompe l'oeil murals.  There are art galleries to visit too.    

The trompe l'oeil painting style has been used to paint a number of beautiful murals, including a community bridge over Carroll Creek just off of Market Street near the visitor's center.  The bridge looks like old weathered rock, but the old stone structure is actually a piece of art.  Artist William Cochran spent 5 years creating the mural.  I love that he asked for ideas from the community and incorporated ideas from 100's of the local residents.  All of the paintings look 3-dimensional, but they are painted on flat surfaces.  If you aren't familiar this style of painting, trompe l'oeil means "deceive the eye." 

Monday was cold and rainy, so not the best lighting for taking pictures.  I was very pleased with the photos I took with my iPhone.  I love always having a good camera with me so I don't miss that shot that might end up as a painting.  Of course this is WAY out of my league!!

These are all paintings done on flat walls! 

Unbelievable these are flat paintings. 
They look so dimensional its hard not to keep from touching it to be sure. 


  1. The artist is William M. Cochran, these photos are by Tony Roman. You can visit his photos on flickr at tony_roman_photography.

  2. You can see more of William Cochran's artwork at