This artwork is hand painted on silk with dyes, not paints. While paint sits on the surface and stiffens the fabric, dyes become part of the fabric, leaving it soft and silky with a luster that sparkles in the light. See also the Silk Painting Gallery page.
I can do a custom silk painting for you. The Mica Mountain painting is a composite of 3 photos of a mountain emailed to me by a bed and breakfast in Canada. The Glacier Peak painting was based on a photo from a hike up Johnson Ridge near Skykomish.