Piece description from the artist
Photography is often perceived as a true-to-life medium, but for this piece, I used a little Photoshop magic to create something straight from my imagination. I photographed the main image of The Arc de Triomphe while on a trip to Paris in 2017, and then I shot the hot air balloons a few months later at a festival back home. It took many hours of work to make it look as realistic as possible. I love the whimsical vibe that the balloons add to the piece!
Heather Deffense is a Southern California based artist specializing in travel photography. Her passion for capturing beautiful places has taken her and her camera on countless adventures all around the world. She graduated with a BFA in photography in 2014 and has since been published in magazines such as Sunset and HGTV magazine. Her award-winning work has also been sold through several large retailers including Target. Of all the things she has created, Heather's greatest masterpiece is her son, Cassien.