My mermaids emerge from the wavy blue corners of my mind with their own personality and style. Each ornate tail - like a fingerprint - uniquely theirs. Their hair adorned with seaweed and shells. Often they are enjoying the company of fish and dolphins: pulling the beauty of the reef and sea into one unique being. It is all imagination, fantasy and play: until they are complete. Then, they tell their own stories...
It's hard to love the sea (the way I do!) and not love the mythology of ancient seafaring cultures.
I love the different styles of boats and their purpose in the afterlife.
Apologies for the links off my site, to see "Print Options.”
I would like to offer limited editions and signed prints but the shipping and duty would add roughly $100 or more to the cost of a print; I’m currently living in the British Virgin Islands, and shipping from the islands is expensive, slow and unpredictable. So for now, I’m using a Print-On-Demand company; where I can offer quality, archival, fine art prints, shipped in 3-5 days, via Fed-Ex to most any place in the world.
I’d love to have my own Giclee printer to control quality, see prints before they ship, offer limited editions and signed prints... but for now, with salt air and gecko poop ruling, it’s not feasible, the poor (expensive) machine would choke and crap-out in a month, the paper would suck up the humidity and salt, and it would warp and fox, and the geckos would win and laugh themselves silly.
The P.O.D. company I’m currently using, Imagekind, offers 100% Customer Satisfaction. For that I’m grateful; any little thing that's wrong, they will reprint and ship it for free.
Selling my work online loses something. I enjoyed working with galleries, face to face time with people, signing prints, exhibit openings, so I’ve started keeping in touch with clients via e-mail (seems old school :-) a very select group of people that like what I do, like seeing my latest artwork or hear what I’m up to, and they have the ability to reply (it’s a two way street again, yay! I love that). I don’t spam, ever, (it’s been months since my last e-mail because I’ve been eyeballs deep in the edits for a novel that I hope to have out by the end of the year), but when I do have news, it’s fun to share it and receive feedback from people that are familiar with my work.
Join my group, ‘Art lovers and Readers’ and keep in touch. :) I may not be able to offer signed prints right now but you can say, “I know the artist…”
Right now the “Readers” part of that group are only my BETA readers, but it’s soon to change, I’ll be sending sample chapters out to those on my list so they can judge whether it’s their cup of tea:-)
Thank you for stopping by, viewing my work…
Caribbean Dragon - At Night
Drawn by hand - in India ink on D’Arches watercolor paper (White paper, a lot of ink, it was a large drawing).
My sea monsters create themselves - when I set my mind free to play.
I was surprised when the moon and the depth of the shadows pulled the waves into an almost stylized botanical motif and a nigh scene. It started as a day scene with a sun, obviously it evolved on it’s own - as my mythical creatures do.. I cannot explain where these things come from - when they simply emerges from the depth of my subconscious.
I do find it funny that something in my mind likes an extravagant baroque style. And, for unknown reasons, these drawings (with the subconscious influence) become favorites.
In the west, dragons are seen as evil, represent chaos or are the devil incarnate.
In the east (as with most things), the view is 180 degrees the other way. (I enjoy an eastern view of dragons, even though this sea monster looks a tad-bit aggressive.) Dragons are who you want around when times are tough, a benevolent and fierce protector who rules the elemental forces of the world. They bring the gift of rain and fertility of the earth, spiritual knowledge, happiness and even immortality. The Chinese dragon processions with the paper dragons and fierce masks celebrate the germinating blessing of the spring rains.
The image of the framed chart at the top of the page is the most popular print size and the way I like to frame it for my exhibits. I order it printed on the archival, Epson 'Enhanced Matte' in the "Large" size, 24" x 32". In this size the fine print easy to read. The medium size is popular too, but I avoid the petite and small sizes (under 16" wide), the islands and artwork show but the fine print, while clear, needs a magnifying glass.
The 'Islands if the Bahamas and West Indies' to the left, is shown as a 'stretched canvas' Giclee in the 'Large' size, with the 'Soft Edge' Option. This is great for the larger sizes. Easy, ready to hang, no frame or glazing necessary and makes a great gift.
Custom framing is an option on stretched canvas.
If you like to DIY. All prints are available rolled and shipped in a tube, to stretch or frame yourself.
It is in the details...
An idyllic day; the trade winds (as a cherub) gently playing with old sailing ships and Magnificent Frigatebirds, the sun setting in the Gulf, the passages marked for easy navigation, and embellished with my mermaids and sea monsters.
The chart shows; the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos through the Caribbean archipelago, into the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula and down the east coast of Central America.
I’ve included a few small islands off the coast, (because I was playing and living there they needed to be on my map). Isla Mujeres, Ambergris Caye, the Bay Islands of Honduras. Then drifting along the coastline to Rio Dulce, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, on down the north coast of South America to Isla Margarita, and Trinidad.
A scared barque traveling on the celestial Nile of the afterlife. Irynefer is standing in a pose of respect toward the Gray Heron (a sacred bird that represents the ba or soul and the sun god Ra), the disk of the sun (over the heron and over the stern of the boat) are also symbols of Ra.
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A Caribbean Nautical Chart
Drawn and painted by hand. Using India ink layered with a watercolor wash.
Virgin Islands - USVI and BVI - Nautical Chart
Below: The interior designer for this beautiful Mega Yacht sent me this photo of my original mixed-media VI chart, custom framed and in its new home, the yacht's saloon.
I love receiving these photos.
Bottom right, showing signature on print.
Jaguar Paddler God
One of three Mayan Gods - known as the Palenque Triad... This one - with the Jaguar headdress leads the canoe - the Maze Paddler God usually steers from the stern. Symbols on the paddle, canoe and tattooed on his arms, show the hieroglyphs for heaven or supreme other world.
While following the equator, I’ve grown attached to maps and charts. I created these old-world-style, nautical charts for myself, a souvenir of sorts, of where I was living, creating, sailing and diving. (I'm currently living in the BVI.)
I've always enjoyed the artistic beauty of antique maps, however; I wanted these to be correct, showing the current names and location of towns, villages, bays and reefs.
Creating in this old map style - using India ink and watercolor - is playtime for my imagination. Every scrap of paper is embellished with local boats, old sailing ships, imagined mermaids, dragons, sea monsters and island vignettes. To me, this combination of precision and imaginative doodling formed a synergy: splicing the present with the past, allowing each place, each chart, to show its own character.
Nothing's computer generated here.
It's all drawn and painted by hand and embellished with creative detail from my mind.
'Mundo Maya' (World of the Maya) Mainland of Belize with wildlife and the Maya Ruins marked with Mayan Hieroglyphs.
'Ambergris Caye' chart has a list of known merchant ship wrecks on the reef and a history of the country written on scrolls (left side), my mermaids and sea dragons, the trade wind and old sailing ships... Pirate map.
also, The Gulf of Thailand with a Buddha, lotus, white elephants and dragon... see all here.