In L. C. Armstrong’s magical realism paintings, everyday objects, flora, and fauna become fantastic and hyperreal. A hummingbird perches on the tail of a green-eyed cat, and a tiny human balances atop a lion’s back in a field of enormous sunflowers. Bloom-bedecked landscapes speak of happiness and optimism—though with an edge. A passion flower’s trellis might be made of barbed wire, and orchids might grow from stems created by setting fire to carefully positioned bomb fuses. Using thin layers of paint on panels of gessoed linen, Armstrong’s narrative works appear lit from within, ethereal and somehow spiritual, often aglow beneath a final layer of clear resin.