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Roxy’s Wish List for Mother’s Day 2010: Mer-Mom by Jersey Shore Artist Wendy McCarthy

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Wendy McCarthy’s new show at the Anchor & Palette Gallery in Bay Head, New Jersey, just opened last Saturday… but I’ve already found my “dream gift” for Mother’s Day 2010.  Her newest painting in the Mer-Moments series is “Mer-Mom” and it just leaves me weepy.  I don’t know if you can see the detail in the photo at left, but it is an absolutely HUGE canvas.  The littlest mermaid in the center is sad because her sister ruined her sand castle.  It reminds me sooo much of London and Maddie at the beach, with mom unable to fix the hurt.

Anyway, since we already own Wendy McCarthy’s Mermaid Swim Team, I don’t aspire to the original Mer-Mom artwork, but I would love to get a giclee (print) for Mother’s Day 2010.

Wendy McCarthy’s creative mind is always at work, whether i be imagining mermaids lounging on the edge of the water or designing illustrations for a children’s book she has written.  This Jersey Shore artist graduated from Parson’s School of Design in New York City and has spent many years designing and painting murals in private homes.  Her love of painting has recently moved to the anvas, so that her delightful creations can be shared with everyone.

Her painting, “Mermaid Swim Team,” currently on vacation from Roxy’s beach house and featured in the show at the Anchor & Palette in Bay Head, NJ, is a large canvas painted in acrylic and the first of a series titled “Mer-Moments.”  Five mermaids are lounging along the edge of the water in pastel bathing caps, perhaps waiting for the next race, surrounded by curious seagulls.  In fact, while London and Maddie attended Girl Scout Camp in Jockey Hollow last week, they received colored bathing caps determined by their swimming level… I think London was yellow and Maddie was red.  Mermaids have always been a fascination of McCarthy’s and have been the subject of other paintings, but these ladies look as though they are ready to dive in and perform water ballet for whoever ambles along the beach!  Rex, London, Maddie and I just adore them and are proud to have this beautiful original painting in our home.

Moving from murals to canvas has proven to be a unique opportunity for artist Wendy McCarthy.  “In my murals I’ve painted the beach scenes I grew up with… the waves, the sand and the sky.  My mermaid series is a fictional world created from scenario that I have imagined…mermaids doing distinctly un-mermaid-like things.”

Wendy has been known to solicit help from her family members, recruited (involuntarily) as artist’s models.  “I had to go out and buy an inner tube and put my younger daughter in it, to see wat a mermaid would look like floating in one” (for “Cocktail Hour, shown at right).  “And I have been told that the men in my paintings look a lot like my husband.”  There’s also no doubt in my mind that Wendy herself is the beautiful Mer-Mom.

No matter how challengin, this self-taught artist has succeeded in painting a series of whimsical scenes that make all of us smile.  Wendy McCarthy’s “Celebrity,” “Cocktail Hour,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Mer-Mom,” all on large canvases, have been completed and are available for sale at the Anchor & Palette Gallery, 45 Mount Street, Bay Head, NJ.  Call Anne at (732) 892-7776 and be sure to tell her Roxy sent you!

Wendy McCarthy is only getting started… look for a “Mer-Moments” Calendar when the twelve canvas series is complete.

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