[ ˈmərˌmād ]
noun: mermaid · plural noun: mermaids
a fictitious or mythical half-human sea creature with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail of a fish, conventionally depicted as beautiful and with long flowing golden hair.
I took great care in finding just the right name for my business in the arts. My friend at work, whose desk sat across from mine, became my sounding board in many conversations about just the right name. I wasn’t going to make the choice lightly considering it was a name that I planned on never changing. It was a name that was to carry me throughout my career as an artist and as a craftsman.
It really did start as a dream, one I had many years prior. It seemed to haunt me with its potential interpretation. I dreamt that I was underwater, and instead of fearing drowning, I found myself surrounded by flowing apparitions that I somehow knew would keep me safe. This dream was so vivid that I truly believed I was awake. Following that dream, I was drawn to listen to messages from the deep; in other words, listen to my own soul.
What I knew many people believed about the mermaid and its lore and legend was not what I was seeking, even if that is what the customer chooses to perceive about my business name. To me the mermaid’s harvest symbolizes all of the connections I find between images from nature and the images found in my own mind. Taking those connections I find in my life’s journey and harvesting them into a message that sometimes I might only understand is my simple goal. Seeing a spider perched on the crown molding in my sunroom as I lay in my porch swing, somehow becomes an image of a mermaid sitting her pearl upon the web of her dream catcher is only one instance of my minds connection between what I see and what I think.
Not all of my work has the imagery of a mermaid. But I do hold within each piece of work I create the “philosophy” of a mermaid’s harvest. I am an artist and I am a craftsman that seeks a connection in all that I see or do. A very profound objective.