This watercolor painting is of Lily Koi, our beautiful Polynesian mermaid, who is sitting quietly picking lilikoi blossoms. She has placed one in her hair. There are ripe lilikoi hanging from the vines in her Hawaiian garden. Surrounding the mermaid are several koi fish swimming amongst the lily pads with the blooming water lilies in their centers. Her personal pet is Goofy, swimming beneath her hoping for a treat.
Passiflora edulis is a vine species of passion flower. Its common names include passion fruit (UK and US), passionfruit (Australia and New Zealand), and purple granadilla (South Africa). It is cultivated commercially in warmer, frost-free areas for its fruit and is widely grown in Hawaii where Ms. Lily Koi lives.
The passion fruit is round to oval, either yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a soft to firm, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds. The fruit is both eaten and juiced; passion fruit juice is often added to other fruit juices to enhance the aroma.
Koi are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor ponds or water gardens. Varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream.
The luscious passion fruit with its delicate flowers and sweet perfume permeate the island of Kauai have inspired Susan Leininger to create this painting. Several spots on Kauai provide a peaceful setting with the koi swimming beneath and perhaps a mermaid sitting above posing shyly in this tranquil piece of art.