Oil on Wood Panel with Gold, Aluminum, and Copper Leafing
24 x 48 inches
This painting, a portrait as a mermaid, changes quite a lot with the lighting, as you can see from the photos above, there is metallic leafing in the tail and shells to add shimmer to the painting. This was a celebration of my muse’s new life in Hawaii and a connection to the ocean. The delicate flowers that grow so abundantly here were included – it is a fantasy, so why not have the beauty of the land along with the beautiful corals and fish below the surface. As for the fish, humuhumunukunukuapua’a, the two fish at the right bottom corner, are the official state fish and a common sight when snorkelling or scuba diving. The moorish idol is also a type of fish I see commonly whenever I spend time looking below the surface of the ocean. One of the more subtle fun things I did for this painting was to include “sneaky” fish in the painting. Can you find 5 seahorses, and the spectacled parrotfish? They are subtle but not impossible to find. This is one of the most fun paintings I have painted to date!