I am a liar… a bad one.
Just like the magician, the artist is in the game of deception and illusion. A painting of a tree looks nothing like a tree – For one thing it’s two dimensional, almost, and in that sense could be no less like a tree. But a tree is what you will believe you are seeing.
The artist and the magician are exactly the same in one very particular sense:
If we showed you how the illusion is achieved you would be both unimpressed and disappointed.