When I was younger, I wanted to become a mermaid. I guess it was the Mpumalanga heat that caused this desperate disillusion. Still I’ve always liked the idea of mermaids. I have since childhood also liked to go through all the boxes in our house – in one such a box I found old photographs of relatives and other random people. I really liked the one pictured below, of my grandmother and her sister on the beach. The pose struck me as that of a one a mermaid might be seen in, so I sketched and traced my grandmother into a mermaid. Just for fun before dinner.