Greensboro, NC -- How do you make 3D painting look natural? Larry Schroeder has been doing it for years.
WFMY News 2's Eric Chilton caught up with him while he was putting the finishing touches on a rock display that will be at the newly named Greensboro Science Center (previously the Natural Science Center).
"It's a challenge," Schroeder said. "No two paint jobs are the same."
It's his job to make the fake rocks in a science exhibit look like the real thing. He said it's a blessing and a curse.
"Every time you look at rocks...I look at all the textures and colors and my mind starts to dissect it."
Schroeder looks at cell phone pictures of actual rocks from the part of the world he is imitating. His artwork is part of the Greensboro Science Center's transformation.
Renovations are currently underway to include a the new sci-quarium. The new name hopes to transform the institution to become North Carolina's only destination with an aquarium, zoo, and museum.
Schroeder said trying to make his work look as Mother Nature intended is the name of the game.
WFMY News 2