Theory creating a window illusion
Teaching an Old Wall New Tricks - Trompe l'oeil
The phrase Trompe l'oeil originates in the Baroque period in Rome
and Italy around 1600 AD. It refers to perspectival illusionism. 
Creating the illusion of objects in a 3 dimensional perspective such
as depicting a window, door, or hallway, curtains or still life suggesting more investigation by the observer.

"An ancient Greek story depicts a renown painter Zeuxis, born around 464 BC. Zeuxis produced a still life painting so convincing that birds flew down to peck at the painted grapes." Just an example. 

I focus on creating the illusion of windows, stone, granite, marble and wood. These have been extremely popular for me to paint in areas or rooms with little light and/or no real windows. Also taking PVC plumbing pipe and creating pillars with the illusion of marble, granite or even wood. I've also painted over 300 steel doors in homes through out the Okanagan turning the door panels into wood grain. I hope you enjoy just a few examples of my trompe l' oeil paintings.

Welcome to Rocky Mountain Murals.

The home of Kelowna's exclusive home muralist and decorator, specializing in photo-realism for any home, office, resort, restaurant or anywhere that just needs a little love n' light.

Specializing in Quality!

Feel the Romance of a quality hand painted mural or canvas painting from a  "Master of Illusion" and an Award Winning muralist!

               "A Master of Illusion"  



We're here to help you with all your colour finishing needs. From matching existing colors to designing a color scheme to consulting on your wall finishes and speciality design needs for residential and commercial projects.  


  • Interior Wall Finishes
  • Mural Design & Application
  • Faux Finishing
  • Canvas painting
  • Window Illusions
  • Color Consultation

About Us

Rocky Mountain Murals is located in Kelowna British Columbia. Doug Illman has over 35 years in the murals/decorating business and over 500 successful projects in the Okanagan. 

Rocky Mountain Murals

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   "Feel the Romance of Murals!"

                                      Doug Illman featured in "Beauty Is" a Collection of Okanagan Artists