JFK’s words still ring true. They were spoken at the America’s Cup Dinner Given by the Australian Ambassador, September 14, 1962. Hearing his voice speak these words in the Super Bowl commercial for Carnival Cruise Ships prompted me to include a print featuring a contemplative  Mermaid and resting on JFK’s Tied to the Ocean quote. There are two versions featuring a partial and full quote.  Sometimes we can’t see the ripples in the waves and it took a customer asking for an image other than a mermaid with the quote.  I created this print including the a sailboat that I had drawn for my FIGAWI print.  In the process of this creation, I remembered how proud Dad was when the JFK artifacts were being stored at his GSA depot while the JFK library was being built. Well that is a different set of Ties.

I have embedded the YouTube video in this post so that you too can hear President Kennedy speak these words. Thank you Carnival Cruise for creating this ad.

Also, I am including links for my Tied to the Ocean Mermaid prints.  It’s a beautiful day. Go to the sea swim, sail, contemplate and enjoy the salty air,


I really don’t know why it is
that all of us are so committed to the sea
Except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that
the sea changes,
and ships change, ii is because we all come from the sea.

And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have
in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in out blood
that exists in the ocean, and, therefore,
We have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.

We are tied to the Ocean.
And when we go back to the sea
-whether is ti sail or watch it
-we are going back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy



John F. Kennedy

Mermaid Art Print | Tied to the Ocean | JFK Quote