Artemis was the Olympian Goddess of the hunt and the wilderness. She
existed in harmony with the forest and all of nature loved her. Her
animal form was a magical deer.
One myth, in which Hercules was commanded to capture the magical deer of Artemis, tells of her brief fall. In order for Hercules to be fast enough to capture Artemis he called upon Hermes to lend him his wings. Artemis' reaction was to try to get even by hunting Hercules. Artemis became obsessed with capturing and possessing Hercules. She believed she was in love with Hercules but she had became a predator and was no longer in harmony with nature. The animals became afraid of Artemis and as a result the wilderness rejected her along with the other hunters who had also become predators. Intervention by Hermes made Artemis realise what she had done and once again she became the Divine huntress.
Numerous other legends relate the grace and beauty of Artemis. She was desired by many gods and men but she was very protective of her purity and non won her heart. Some tried to capture her. Grave punishment awaited those who attempted to dishonour her in any way. At an early age, as a wish, she was granted eternal virginity by her father Zeus.
Size – approx 56cm x 35cm
Paper – Saunders Waterford 200lb
Paints – ‘Winsor & Newton Artists watercolours’, Rembrandt Watercolours