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Mary Louise O’Sullivan, ASMA

Doncella 2

Oil, 28” x 42”

I always love to figure out the names that are bestowed on work boats - either the Spanish dinghies and rowboats or the Maine Lobster boats and trawlers. They are most often family names, wives, sisters or double names...always feminine. In this case the word Doncella in Spanish means "serving girl" or maid. These boats were used to bring the flats of fish from the big boats to the shore. A feminist might take issue, although I think it is used affectionately. It is appropriately battered from years of hard work and thus much more interesting to paint.

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