COSTA MESA — An artist like Karlin Meehan knows that good art should pop out and transform the way people see the world around them.
Which is why she hangs a pair of 3-D glasses alongside her vibrant, multi-dimensional paintings.
"It's a great trick to get people to really engage with the art who aren't necessarily art-oriented," said the Newport Beach resident, who is a patent paralegal by day and an aspiring artist by night.
Meehan, 25, began experimenting about a year ago with different paint types and layering techniques to achieve a three-dimensional effect. Her muse was a cheap pair of 3-D glasses procured by a friend.
Finding that, when viewed with 3-D glasses, some colors and hues appeared to move toward the eye while others receded, Meehan created her current collection of 12 pieces, dubbed "Bliss of Growth."
The bright, geometric designs done in acrylic paint on canvas will be on display at the Solo Projects Gallery in Costa Mesa with an artist's reception March 18. Meehan's work will remain on display for about a month, said gallery curator Justin Clark.