Mermaid art is the mermaid as icon, symbol and dream...
Ariel is a certified Disney Princess, her DVDs have sold millions of copies and she still appears on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
There is a Barbie mermaid figure, Dora the explorer has actually been a mermaid, there is mermaid anime (some are horror stories) and mermaids appear regularly in movies, on TV and cable. You can find them on prints and posters, there are dolls, figurines and statues. They are on clothing items such as T-shirts, purses, skirts and even bedding.
She is a sex symbol. Even women sees her as beautiful and sensual. The mermaid is a powerful symbol of strength and femininity. There is nothing sexist or demeaning in this. These are some of the mermaid's strongest qualities: her freedom and her confidence.
In the book "The Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd, the protagonist begins to paint pictures of herself as a mermaid. Her pictures help her to get a better hold on the under-developed parts of her character.
For me, this type of art connects to something mystical in the human psyche. I remember once many years ago I had spent a day alone at the shore. When the sun set I went to a seafood restaurant on the bay. After the meal, I was going back to my car when I heard a splashing sound like someone coming out of the water...
Immediately, an image flashed into my mind. I saw a mermaid just off shore, wrapped in her beauty and mystery. The feeling was caught up with the day I had spent, the night, and the bright lights at sea. I had a very strong sensation of someone actually being there.
This powerful experience stayed with me for months only gradually fading away. The emotions I had then re-occur almost every time I am at the shore.
I invite you to enter this site, read the stories and look at the pictures. You will see what mermaids mean to me, what they mean to others, and perhaps what they mean to you.
A Friendly Warning
Some of the art in this site contains nudity, hopefully always in good taste. This is inevitable given the subject matter. If it will bother you then all you have to do is avoid the galleries. There are plenty of stories and lots of information about mermaids in the rest of the site.
Enough talk already! If you want to jump right to the galleries and see some mermaid art you can click on any of the following links. The art galleries are interlinked so you can move from one to the other without returning to this page or the list of all galleries. To go to the list of all galleries just click "Galleries" on the navbar on any page, or click "All Galleries" below.