Koi Mermaid by Bamfette
I love this image by Canadian artist Jill Johansen (deviant art account: Bamfette) so much that I might just need to own it. Mermaids are portrayed 99% of the time as buxom blonde humanoids with blue-green tails wearing seashell bikini braziers. I love the outside-the-box thinking that resulted in this half coy, half human representation. The coy embodiment along with the silky black hair and cherry blossoms give this piece a definite Eastern flair. I have always had a fascination with coy fish as well as lily pads, so this piece brings it all together for me. I enjoy seeing representations of classic fantasy and fairy tale figures in less transitional manifestations.