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 FANTAIL AND GREENSTONE  – A creative expression Fantail greenstone artisan manufacturer

For interested buyers, don’t hesitate to ask at this link for a “First in first serve” acquisition of the framed original or number 1 of 15 limited edition acrylic enhanced 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
Will intuit the story


The moment the Fantail appeared in my vision was a moment of engaged wonder. I welcomed wordless awe desiring to honor its maker while considering my words could not give full disclosure of my innermost joy.

The oil painting offered me new challenges, creating brushstrokes depicting feather movement stopped in time. It was a first-time challenge to paint the fungi and moss detail on the tree trunk.

I included the greenstone, revealing the language of man’s skills as a reminder of the creative affections our manufacturer gave us in our dominion over what He made.

My use of the artisans’ greenstone

The creative spirit will manufacture stories from anything eyes see. 

Beyond culture, skin color, religion, and politics into the heart of life where creative expression has pure motives you will discover the story, in the artisan’s greenstone. It is masked in a metaphor, allegory, or parable. 

This story imagines the inquisitive heart, captured, hooked, and meeting with wisdom and council through a work created with great dexterity. This is one of heaven’s gifts and revelations that add purpose and pleasure to discover.

Discovering the mystery brings with it a sense of awe, for those who understand, the peace of God, beyond understanding, which does add rest. answering mysteries of our existence and echoing contentment in man’s creative enterprise.

I choose the greenstone pendant to represent the story of curiosity around valuable wisdom in the council for new life seekers. Embedded in the greenstones story is The Manufacturer’s presence and promised freedom. Discovering that jewel adds new living dimensions of wonder and glory.

The Fantail

Fantails are small insectivorous birds of Australasia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent belonging to the genus Rhipidurain the familyRhipiduridae. Most of the species are about 15 to 18 cm long, specialist aerial feeders, and named “fantails”, but the Australian willie wagtail is a little larger, and, though still an expert hunter of insects on the wing, concentrates equally on terrestrial prey.

It is also known by its Maori namesPīwakawakaTīwakawaka, or Piwaiwaka; a common pied morph is known as the pied fantail

In Maori mythology (Superstition), the piwakawaka is a messenger, bringing death or news of death from the gods to the people. The bulbous eyes and erratic flying behavior of the bird are attributed to it being squeezed by Maui for not revealing the whereabouts of his ancestress. I have noted numerous Maori visitors who believe the superstition have expressed distinct fear of death which for me has stirred sadness and empathy because they were not able to appreciate its great skill and delicate beauty. Tiwakawaka is also the name of one of the first Maori settlers to New Zealand.

The Koru in greenstone

In Maori design, the greenstone koru has a dual meaning.

Korus and fishhooks are some of the most loved symbols of Maori artistic vocabulary. Many world cultures use Kurus in their art. Each culture applies a different meaning to the significance of why they chose to believe what they do. 

The Koru meaning as an allegory

Maori art uses the Koru as a symbol of creation due to its fluid circular shape. The unfurling frond circular shape in the silver fern conveys the idea of perpetual movement and new life. It’s an inner coil, the corm, with its rolled inner leaflets, suggests a return to the point of origin. This is a metaphor for the way life changes and stays the same in perpetual motion.

Some have determined that the Koru represents harmony and a new life. Between the chaos of change and the calm of every day, there is a point of equilibrium, a state of harmony in life. In its balanced shape, the Koru represents this.

Literally speaking, the baby fern frond slowly unwinds from its adolescent life and grows into a mature frond. It then opens into a brand new leaf on the silver fern plant where it ages and dies. The koru depicts life in the frond associating it with new life.

I choose this symbol to represent the unfurling new life of a seeker after the presence of life’s deeper mysteries. The promised new life in discovering truth liberates the seeker from ignorance. 

I am adding a new take to a beautiful design … discovering new life in the creator in all His wonder and glory. 

The History of the “Hei matau” stylized fishhook

Hei-matau is a beautifully stylized fish hook.

The fish hook of the Hei matau found its origin in Māori legend/myth. Its narrative is that New Zealand’s North Island was a huge fish caught by the great mariner Maui. Maui used a woven line and a hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother. 

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

It slowly became ornamental and found credence when Maori traded with Europeans leaving behind its original use to catch fish.

The indigenous influence art disclaimer

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

I study, at my own pace and these studies unmask a deeper honor toward the Maori people. That sentiment is embedded in borrowing their creative intelligence to partner with my western cultured photorealism painting.

As an Australian, New Zealand citizen, I am honored indigenous peoples give me much pleasure in their interpretive storytelling. Paralleled alongside the rhythmic sounds of their music, dance, and song makers these gifted people are part of my inheritance.

Understanding the wider family (Whanau) bonds add to New Zealand’s and our world’s rich cultural inheritance. We are all indebted to God for this joy and prejudice should have no place in our hearts against any people group.

I have a lot to discover as I embed what I learn crossing the bridge of understanding from my culture into indigenous culture.

My Godly inheritance

Part of my Godly inheritance inspires me to look forward to experiencing their offerings in heaven. There is no fear, hatred, prejudice, or offense there to darken what God created to be good in indigenous culture.

* Some have claimed I have no place using 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 brothers and sisters, to explore all wonders in the world of art and freedom of expression. I choose to honor them incorporating their beautiful art disciplines with mine while giving glory to God for our diversity.

It is my opinion we should be celebrating one another’s storytelling and diversity seeking truthfully to love one another. Racial arrogance and one-upmanship help no one. 



ORIGINAL FOR SALE   * Bid or tender for the original framed (920mm x 920mm x 65mm) artwork. All offers are considered around $9,000
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” may be exhibited on T-shirts 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.