Dimensions: 16" x 12"
I wanted to create a circular, fluid mermaid who was very confident
and serene. This painting was one of my earlier paintings and very popular.
Mermaids have long been in every culture's folktales and stories. They
go by many names: mermaid, maerin, mermen, nereids, sirens, lorellei,
minne, mari, harpies, ninyos, lamias, undines, apsara, iara, water nymphs...
They are a permutation of the very ancient, primordial sea goddess,
or fish goddess who has been called many names: Aphrodite, Yemanja,
Tiamat, Mariamne, Kupala, Ran, Cliodna, Dubh Lacha, Ganga, Mami Wata,
Sedna. Mermaids in Greek and Western myths are typically beautiful women
on the top halves of their bodies, and fish on the lower halves, who
spend a lot of time sunning and bathing themselves on sea and river
rocks. They lure sailors by their beautiful singing, mesmerizing them
to their deaths in the deep waters.
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