John Pugh works on a large scale in public and residential areas and his paintings can be seen all over the world from New Zealand to Hawaii - with many telling a story of the area where they are positioned. Pugh is used to people's amazed reactions when they pass his murals.
He said: 'They say "wow did you see that. I thought that was real." 'Public art can link people together and stimulate a sense of pride within the community. 'These life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. 'It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked.' Pugh is currently working on a mural for a police station in California and also one for a recreation centre in Calgary, Canada.