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Meet twelve vibrant mermaids who originally took shape on luminous silk before morphing into pigment prints on paper.

                                                            Click here for the enchanting Merblue by Beth SurdutVideo The Mermaid's Return

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                                                                  The MermaidBeth Surdut ©2003                                                                                                

Spirit Kin                                                    Large originals on silk                                      Merglow

Sprit Kin copyright Beth Surdut 2003Merglow by Beth Surdut

OPEN EDITION SIGNED MINI-PRINTS (approximately  8" x 12") $75.00

medium: pigment print on paper  ~  dimensions :20" x 26.5"  and variable sizes  ~ LIMITED EDITION prices begin at $225.00

                                            Meremerald by Beth Surdut. All Rights Reserved      Cassandra by  Beth Surdutmerblue by Beth Surdut      mer-05-copy.jpg (116963 bytes)   

                                                  Meremerald                             Cassandra                         Merblue                             Parrotfish


                                             Rockwell's Wink by Beth SurdutAdolescentMergreen

                                                     Rockwell's Wink                                        Adolescent                                    Mergreen


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                                              Exuberant                                                        Merseahorse                                           Textail  

The  Mermaid's Return

~After seven years spent more on land than in the ocean, the mermaid’s scales had disappeared. Not only that, she thought miserably, pointing the delicate toes at the end of her long legs, her wondrous tail was gone. The iridescent flash of turquoise and pale pink with emerald highlights had been replaced by mundane human flesh tones. 

~The transformation was seemingly complete, but whenever she caught the scent of salt water coming off the marshes, her feet tingled and she would automatically put them together and push them downward with a quick hard motion, just as if she still had a tail to power her through the water. 

~As an artist she was adept at transforming stark white silk into jewel-toned paintings where viewers immersed themselves in the intense colors of the artist’s vision. Now she realized what she should do with that magical process. She picked up her brush, opened her mind and her bottles of dyes, and began to paint. 

~In the coldest of winters, when she watched her breath freeze and shatter, the mermaid drew upon the memory of her family of ocean creatures. She pledged she would begin by painting a magical dozen mermaids, one for every month of the year.

~Exuberant adolescents were the first to appear, followed by wise seers and graceful princesses. All emerged with watchful eyes in their tails. Most traveled with familiar creatures-- starfish, scallops, seahorses and parrotfish.  Then the first red-haired one swam forward boldly alone in an emerald sea, her palms overflowing with sensual power. Next came the painter’s strong-willed spirit kin with two starfish traveling in her flowing hair, her turquoise eyes facing all challengers.

~And that is how the portraits began.

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