The Water Leaper

This was a series of paintings I created at ECU for my senior show, the series was based on how mythological animals came about through descriptions. Back in the dark ages all information was based on word of mouth, if a person saw an animal they were not familiar with the easiest way to describe it to someone else is to build a picture with parts of animals that they did know. For example, if you were trying to describe an elephant to someone who had never seen one before it could be described as a giant animal with a long snake nose, bat ears and legs like tree trunks. Scribes at the time would draw pictures of the supposed animal with large inaccuracies that would later be turned into a mythological creature. To capture the description of separate animal parts I painted onto multiple canvas of different sizes and hung them accordingly.



“The Water Leaper, also known as Llamhigyn Y Dwr, is an evil creature from Welsh folklore that lived in swamps and ponds.

It is described as a giant frog with a bat’s wings instead of forelegs, no hind legs, and a long, lizard-like tail with a stinger at the end. It jumps across the water using its wings, hence its name.” – Wikipedia


A frog body with bat-like wings and a snake tail with a stinger on the end. What were they describing? A stingray.


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