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Mermaids have long been a marvel of feminine mysticism and sensuality. For me part of their allure and magic lies in their ability to be neither good nor bad. I first began to paint mermaids in my early twenties and found of particular interest their bold curiosity and mischievousness. "How to Catch a Sailor," depicts a particular species of mermaid characterized by their flashy red tails. They are a most curious fish amongst sea-maids in that they are rarely spotted in the sea. Rather than cajole and otherwise "catch" a sailor from his ship, the Red Tailed Mermaids seem to place themselves in advantageous locations on land. Seemingly distracted, they then take unabashed delight in luring sailors into their presence.
How to Catch a Sailor
7 3/8" x 11 3/4" Watercolor