Painter Of Night Lights
Paradise artist brings the stars inside
By Vic Cantu
Paradise resident Frank Wilson leads me toward the doorway of his walk-in closet for an artistic “magic trick.” The closet is huge: approximately 10 feet by 6 feet, neatly organized, its walls and ceiling painted a pleasing, flat white.
“I invite you to please come in and close the door, then shut off the light,” he says very cordially, in his Boston accent.
When I do so, a seemingly impossible scene comes to life in the pitch blackness. All four walls turn into an extremely realistic night sky—the kind one marvels at on the clearest of romantic, summer evenings. Stars by the thousands, of all sizes and groupings, adorn what was previously the plain white interior. Toward the far end of the ceiling a shooting star has left a green, foot-long trail. As three or four minutes pass, the four-foot-long Milky Way galaxy above, itself made of hundreds...