Graphite, pastel and water color on paper, c. 28.5 x 41.25 in.
and also as an
Archival print available in multiple sizes
This is a portrait of my friend Leslie. Sometimes
I do portraits of my friends and ask them how
they would like to be portrayed. Leslie wanted
to be a mermaid. Here she is blowing on a
conch shell under water, activating the ocean
into accelerated movement. The conch, symbolic
instrument of deities and vehicle for spiritual
communication, produces a wakeup call. An idea
in the ocean of the unconscious mind is brought
into waking consciousness and made available
to the world of action.