John William Waterhouse is my favourite artist of all time.
He was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter and something about the lush medieval-style gorgeousness of his paintings struck me from when I was a teenager.
Looking at his work, for me, has always been like taking a deep breath of warm summer air.
This was almost my wedding dress. I had the dress maker drawing the pattern before I chickened out for something more traditional. To be honest I've always been a bit sorry.
Anyone who knows me knows I had a print of A Mermaid on my wall from first year uni. It moved from house to house with me. When it finally disintegrated about 5 years ago, Adam replaced it with a beautifully framed print of this one:
For the medievalists!
This is probably one of Waterhouse's most reproduced paintings. Gorgeous, right?
I know it might sound a bit fey and daft but I've always felt like I recognised this painting.
I hope you think these are as beautiful as I do!