On the Waves

A few years ago I was in New York City visiting friends near The Village. I took a picture of the sign at the Mermaid Inn. I just loved the style and vibe of the black and white artwork. It was both new, yet rooted in the design of old ship’s mastheads (Cutty Sark, and beyond).

This year I started seeing mermaids everywhere. Some I liked, but a lot were too cute or silly. I dug up that picture and started drawing. That was the beginning of this group of paintings, created over ripped and collaged letter and invoice papers from France.