To a lover of illusions,
D. L. “Rusty” Rust is a champion.
Wildlife artist Rusty Rust is a premiere American painter and producer of a rich variety of realistic natural and portrait art. His wonderful technique and style add up to an obvious love of subject. He now captures the hearts of  illusion junkies with his many paintings of wonderfully realized camouflage themes, hidden objects, and works of exquisite ambiguity.Below: Emmett Kelly.
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The world at large is in love with Rust’s portraits. Jae S. Kelly, Emmett Kelly Jr’s youngest daughter has said of Rust’s work, “I have to say that of everyone who has done portraits of EK and EKJ (myself included) Mr. Rust has done the best in capturing the real clown inside the man as well as out. You are truly a gifted artist!” 

It is Rusty’s optical illusion themes that most captivate our interest. Take the following wildlife painting as an example. This one is called The Hidden Tiger. The sheer beauty and details of Tiger and habitat are unparalleled. The name spells it out. There is a hidden Tiger somewhere in the painting. It is not easy to find, but once found, is hard to ignore. Click on the image to see a larger view. Need a hint, or an answer?Below: The Hidden Tiger

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For rustic charm and ambiguity it’s hard to beat this next example called Dreams. Part of the dilapidated old barn can be seen as something all together different if you look at this painting in just the right way. Can you find the hidden ambiguity? Click on the image to see a larger view. Need a hint, or an answer?

Below: Dreams

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This next painting, which depicts African culture in vibrant color, is called Ten Friends. Count the number of people in the painting. How many are there? Who is missing? Can you find the missing “friend?” Click on the image to see a larger view. Need a hint, or an answer?

Below: Ten Friends

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Many of Rusty’s paintings can be found on products such as collector’s plates, tee-shirts, greeting cards, note cards, calendars, limited-edition and open-edition prints. If you are interested in any of the paintings, or would like to commission the artist for commercial purposes, or would simply like to make a comment to the artist, you can send him e-mail at: For business or commercial inquiries, please call or fax Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm EST at 941-922-7071. Rusty Rust’s paintings can be seen in the Ringling Museum of the Circus, Sarasota, Florida; the Norman Rockwell Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.