Fantails and the Greenstone oil painting on stretched canvas
The Fantails and greenstone – an allegory

The Fantail and Greenstone – Treasures on earth


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THE TREASURES ON EARTH – Fantail and Greenstone, a creative expression Fantail greenstone artisan manufacturer

ORIGINAL SOLD  * $15,600.  Interested buyers, ask at this link for 1 of 15 limited edition acrylic enhanced stretched canvas reproductions.



The God factor
Made in His image
Worthy of Praise

The story
An artifact
Pursuant of purpose
Life given

The enquirer
Open to hear
Eyes to see
A mystery revealed


The painting was challenging, especially in capturing the feathers’ movement and fungi with moss details.

I knew words weren’t enough to express my joy, but I felt compelled to honor the bird’s creator by painting it.

When I saw the Fantail bird, I felt amazed. I also added a greenstone carving to symbolize man’s creative language.

It illustrates the mystery of God’s gift to humanity to creatively and wisely rule over His creation.

My use of the artisans’ greenstone

The creative mind can craft a tale from anything it observes.

Look beyond culture, skin tone, faith, and politics, into the essence of life where pure creative expression thrives. There, within the artisan’s greenstone, you’ll uncover the story.

It’s veiled in a metaphor, allegory, or parable.

This tale visualizes the curious spirit, captured, engrossed, and encountering wisdom and guidance through an expertly crafted work. This is a gift from heaven that adds purpose and pleasure for curious minds to discover.

The mystery inspires awe and enlightenment, where God’s peace, which is beyond understanding, brings rest.

Our creative enterprise is content when we awaken to the image and likeness of our Creator. We are all creative beings.

I selected the greenstone pendant to represent the story of valuing wisdom in the council for seekers of new life.

Embedded within the Greenstones tale is the presence of God and the assurance of freedom for those who engage in the metaphor’s enigma. Uncovering the meaning of the metaphor reveals fresh, awe-inspiring layers of existence and magnificence.

The Fantail

Fantails are tiny birds that eat insects. They live in Australasia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent, and are from the genus Rhipidura in the family Rhipiduridae.

Most of them are about 15 to 18 cm long, are aerial feeders, and are called “fantails”, with the Australian Willie Wagtail a little larger. They are experts at hunting insects both on the ground and in the air.

The fantail bird goes by the Maori names Pīwakawaka, Tīwakawaka, or Piwaiwaka. A pied morph of the bird is called the “Pied fantail”.

According to Maori mythology (superstition), the piwakawaka is a messenger from the gods that brings news of death.

The bird’s bulbous eyes and erratic flying behavior are thought to be the result of Maui squeezing it when it refused to reveal the location of his ancestress.

I’ve experienced numerous Maori visitors to my studio who believe the superstitions and feel scared of death. This causes me sadness and empathy. They are not able to admire the amazing skill, beauty and wonder that God created in them.

As a side note, Tiwakawaka is the name of one of the earliest Maori settlers in New Zealand.

The Koru in Greenstone

In Maori art, the greenstone koru has two meanings.

Korus and fishhooks are among the most popular symbols of Maori art and are also used in other world cultures.

Each culture has its interpretation of the significance of these symbols based on their beliefs.

The Koru meaning as an allegory

Maori artwork employs the Koru as a symbol of creation because of its smooth, circular shape.

The unfolding frond’s circular shape in the silver fern signifies continuous movement and new beginnings. Its internal spiral, the corm, with its coiled inner leaflets, implies a return to the starting point.

This symbolizes the way life evolves while remaining constant in perpetual motion.

Some believe the Koru embodies harmony and new life. The Koru symbolizes balance amidst the upheaval of change and the tranquillity of daily life. It embodies a state of harmony and equilibrium.

The baby fern frond personifies this concept as it gradually unfurls from its youth and develops into a mature frond. Eventually, it opens into a new leaf on the silver fern plant before perishing. The Koru illustrates the life cycle in the frond and its connection with rejuvenation.

I picked this symbol to mean the growth of someone searching for life’s deeper secrets. By discovering the truth, you get a chance at a new life, free from being ignorant.

It’s like taking a bite out of the tree of knowledge, with good and evil being necessary for this orphaned world’s mindset.

We seek knowledge to grow and find the point of life, which is why I’m adding my twist to a wonderful design … finding new life in the creator’s wonder and glory.

The earth was created by Him, from His supernatural realm, and we use what He made to tell our stories.

The History of the “Hei matau” stylized fishhook

Hei matau is a beautifully stylized fish hook.

The Hei Matau fish hook has its origins in Māori legend/myth. The story is that New Zealand’s North Island was a huge fish caught by the great sailor Maui. Maui used a woven line and a hook made from his grandmother’s jawbone.

The hook also represents the importance of fishing to the Maori people and their strong relationship with the sea and its bounty.

It slowly became an ornament and found credibility when Maori traded with Europeans, leaving behind its original use for catching fish.

The Indigenous Influence Art disclaimer

My attempt to paint, study, and reproduce indigenous art is, at best, naive. In the best way, I know there is no way I would knowingly *disrespect a people group I love dearly, and these are my best attempts yet.

I study, at my own pace, and these studies reveal a deeper honor towards these dear marginalized people. This sentiment is embedded in my borrowing of their creative intelligence to partner with my Western cultured photorealist painting.

As an Australian citizen living in New Zealand, I am honored that indigenous peoples give me pleasure in their interpretive storytelling and dot painting.

Along with the rhythmic sounds of their music, didgeridoos, conch trumpets, wooden flutes, whistling poi, jade gong, drumsticks, dance, and songmakers, these gifted people are part of our heritage.

I have much to discover as I embed what I learn across the bridge of understanding from my culture into the indigenous culture.

My Godly inheritance and * disclaimer

Part of my divine heritage inspires me to look forward to experiencing Aboriginal offerings in heaven. There are no fears, hatreds, prejudices, or insults to darken what God has created to be good in all cultures, including what we call Indigenous culture.

God will separate the good from the dark in all cultures and we will see the wonder of culture without superstition, fear, and prejudice.

* Some have claimed that I have no place using Aboriginal/Indigenous influences in my art because it is disrespectful to the sacredness of their culture and yet I consider my art just as sacred because I have as much freedom as my Indigenous family to explore all the wonders in the world of art with freedom of expression.

I choose to honor all art disciplines, incorporating whatever inspires me at the time of production, while giving glory to God for our diversity.

I believe we should celebrate each other’s storytelling and diversity as we seek to love one another truthfully.

Racial arrogance and one-upmanship help no one – no matter what color we are!



ORIGINAL SOLD  * $15,600. Framed original (920mm x 920mm x 65mm) artwork. Limited edition reproductions are available.  
Painted with professional oils, on gesso-primed long-life linen canvas with gloss dammar protection. Framed in a genuine Italian frame.
* Originals and Limited Edition reproductions are supplied with Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate, and maintenance/care information.

The full size 920 x 1220 (same as original) on stretch mounted archival canvas price is $2500 inc GST
A master acrylic artist will digitally recreate the original painting and use hand-painted brushstrokes to replicate the original painting.

Unframed sizes | 960 x short side – $960|  650 x short side – $650
Printed on long-life archival canvas. 8 color giclee printed on fine art archival paper or archival linen canvas and acrylic enhanced. Protected with 2 coats of UV archival spray.
* Stretch-mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.

Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $120 |  420 x short side – $92
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.


Images from “The Fantail and Greenstone”  will be exhibited on multiple product lines at Fine Art America

  • Includes insurance and package/handling fees.
  • The Original and Limited Edition reproductions ship with the Provenance coded Authentication of Sale Certificate and maintenance information.
  • Poster art prints ship in insured tubes.


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