The Waterhouse, painting of the ocean coming through the fireplace into the living room, dreaming, ocean, art with waves surfing, sea, illusion, John William Waterhouse, mermaid, seagull, leather chair, living room, atr about beach living, manifest, shell, umbrella, foam, wood floor, lamp, trompe l'oeil, soulful uplifting inspirational art, soul stirring illusion art, romantic art,  surrealism, surreal art, dreamlike imagery, fanciful art, fantasy art, dreamscape visual, metaphysical art, spiritual painting, metaphysical painting, spiritual art, whimsical art, whimsy art, dream art, fantastic realism art, magic realism oil painting by Paul Bond

This painting illuminates the meeting point between the living sea that moves like breath – inhaling and exhaling itself into the world – with the illusory permanence of our structured lives. As a lifelong surfer, I am intimately aware of the sea’s urging to ever flow and evolve. And no matter how we might try to delineate our man made world from nature’s perfect design, nature will find a way to prevail. Yet when we can merge our lives and homes in respect with the natural world, then will we have reached true harmony with the earth. The title is also a double entendre: as it references one of my favorite artists, the Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse, whose painting “A Mermaid” is partially reproduced in this scene.

The Waterhouse

30 x 40 - Oil On Panel - Sold, Private Collection