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No Mere Maid – SOLD

$ 1,750.00

Original Painting by Matt Beard
24″ x 30″
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Painted live on the Trinidad Coast in California on Sunday, January 17, 2021 with The Sand Fleas

Winning Bid: $1750

50% of the winning bid will go to the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.

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From Matt Beard:
“At last! This one was 7 years in the making- just a quick pencil sketch way back when, set it aside, and forgot about it until I got a call back in November asking me to paint a “slutty mermaid”. That wasn’t gonna happen. But it reminded me of this idea for a north coast mermaid. She is strong, she is content, she thrives in a harsh and unforgiving environment. She is beautiful, but her beauty isn’t flaunted to feed or lure any depraved eyes. She is who she is, and she is No Mere Maid.⠀
“There’s a lot to unpack here and I’m not even going to try. The original sketch was just a whimsical idea, but as I started painting her it was like a well opened up and began overflowing with ideas. She’s wisdom personified as the divine feminine in the book of Proverbs. She’s the classical ideals of truth and beauty that we only see in glimpses, forever out of our mortal reach. She’s the one Dylan sings about in She Belongs to Me (although from his lyrics I don’t think she belonged to him, or anyone else either). She’s the sea itself. She’s a mirror held up to our soul as we wrestle with the oft-used archetype of the mythical mermaid. She’s all of those at once and more.⠀
“She isn’t my typical painting, that’s for sure. I enjoyed painting her and I hope you’re enjoying this curveball as well!”⠀
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