This painting was inspired by several dreams wherein this ancient
goddess, whose name I at first did not know, communicated to me that I should paint her.
As I later discovered, she is also known as the Orisha Yemoja, "The Mother of
Fish," in Voudoo, and in the Ifa religion of West Africa. She is a powerful goddess,
invoked for renewal, fertility, youthfulness and abundance -- but not for marriage!
(see Oshun for this . . .) having worn-out more than one lover with her
prodigious energies. Goddess of the oceans, she grants prosperity to her many devoted