|This carving is a custom design and is not part of any promotional discount.|
In 1997 Val and Gerry negotiated a barter of a 'custom' design for several pieces of artwork by artist, Mimi Gregoire Carpenter. (To see Mimi's work, check out mimigregoirecarpenter.com )
Mimi's focus is on intricately detailed observations of ""found"" objects from the sea. Her studio is called Beachcomber. She also writes and illustrates children's books and in one of these there is a mermaid which is clearly Jim and Mimi's daughter, Tessa. So that would make Mimi a mermother.
Val has since done this carving several other times and each Mermother has its own personality. The merchild's tail always wraps around the mother, but they are each distinctly different. If you order this carving, the minimum time for delivery will be 6 months.