For Augustus "Gus" Daugherty, finding his niche in the art world has become an "amazing" journey. Since the Discover Art League's "Artist of the Month" began his art career more than 10 years ago, he has moved from different media and styles of art while learning the trade. Most recently, though, it is his optical illusion art that has taken off and he is booked far into the new year at Bay Area galleries.

Most of Daugherty's previous art work revolved around beach scenes, building bright scenes, which appeared to move as one walked past them. He is keeping up with his beach theme in his new art, however, even though the medium is changing.

"All my work is about beach scenes, whether they be rated G or R," Daugherty said. "To cover all bases, I call them adult beach scenes."

Daugherty said some of the work is still optical illusions, but the majority of it is now on canvas and he is turning them into giclee reproductions.

"All my work is unique," he said. "There is nothing like it in the art world."

For more than 20 years, Daugherty, a retired computer systems consultant, attended art shows and collected pieces that he liked.

"One day I saw something and said, 'I can do that,'" Daugherty said, recalling the time more than 10 years ago when he decided to switch from art collector to artist.

In his spare time Daugherty took art classes and learned different techniques in painting.


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Today, Daugherty's biggest worry is if he'll be able to keep up with the demand for his work. This is one of the reasons he has switched to the giclee reproductions. He can have a reproduction made in just a few days.

Currently some of Daugherty's artwork can be found at CR Framing in Brentwood at 700 Harvest Park Road.

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