The treasure is the dream. Imagined frolics in the water body surfing on a summers evening
The treasure is the pleasure dreamed of.





WAIT FOR ME – Three cultures and the dreaming



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WAIT FOR ME – Three cultures and the dreaming. The pleasure is the treasure.

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 25 limited edition acrylic enhanced reproductions.


This painting is an experiment in mixed media painting from a Northland, New Zealand photo from the 1980s. I used airbrush inks, watercolor, and oil paints.

The painting helped me find new expression in mixed media and exploration of indigenous art.

Some observations
  1. Observing the free and playful attitudes of children caused me to think of the pleasures they were anticipating. Bundled up in the heart of holiday mode pleasure is impatience, joy, competition, leadership, excitement, and memories. That observation captured summertime memories for me in Australia and New Zealand causing me to show some of my own journeys beach experiences.
  2. The inclusion of indigenous art added in 2016, supports my European Pakeha (NZ Maori for the white man) art inheritance. I personally love indigenous art and storytelling in their symbolism. An inquisitive mind wants to discover the hidden mysteries of cultural traditions in form, color, and design. All art has a story to tell.
  3. I used the pearl symbolism as an allegory of the childlike dreamed desires. A want is fulfilled only when you give up something else to pursue a dream.
  4. The Pearl is a treasure and what we treasure we dream of. The children were dreaming of the excitement anticipated in waves. A treasured want.
  5. The “Wait for Me” is part of the pleasure and tension of chasing after the dream. A leader and followers all have dreams, including the animal kingdom. All creation reflects desires or passions according to the species’ DNA.
The pearl as an allegory for rest in want

The essence of this painting is, “I can’t wait for the fun and freedom on the beach in summer holidays”.

For a high percentage of families in Australia and New Zealand, this is an anticipated highlight in the summer holidays. Most people expect pleasure as a climax to a year of hard labor. This pleasure is to kick back and relax, find rest for weary souls who chase for fulfillment in the daily treadmill of life.

The pearl means many things in different cultures but the essence of the pearl in this painting is the rest we are seeking from our labors. Think about holidays, weekends, winning Lotto, retirement, homes mortgage-free, Nirvana in religious hunger, or just the promised rest from a well-paying vocation. These are all pearls and the ones who find their particular pearl will become leaders to which others will cry out, “Wait for me” as they expect being led to the pearl their leaders have promised.

The original painting was started in 1988 and like  “You Taught me to Fish for Tea”  I reworked the painting in 2016-17.

The indigenous influence art disclaimer

My attempt to paint, study and replicate indigenous art is very nieve.

In the best way, I know how there is no way I would knowingly disrespect a people group who I dearly love. I study, at my own pace and these studies unmask a deeper honor toward these dear marginalized people. That sentiment is embedded in my borrowing their creative intelligence to partner with my western cultured photorealism painting.

As an Australian and citizen of this world, I am honored they have given me so much pleasure with their wonderful storytelling interpretation with design, and dot painting colors, alongside the rhythmic sounds of their music in didgeridoos, knocking sticks, dance, and song unique to aboriginal culture.

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

I call this my Godly inheritance and I look forward to experiencing their offerings in heaven where there is no fear, hatred, prejudice or offense to darken what God created to be good.



ORIGINAL FOR SALE  * Bid or tender for the original artwork. All offers considered around $6,000.
Artist oils and mixed media on stretched, gesso primed cotton canvas mounted proudly on gesso primed mount card and New Zealand pine wood. Gloss dammar varnish protection.
* Original and Limited Edition reproductions are supplied with Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate and maintenance/care information.

Please ask about the price and sizes.

Unframed sizes | 960 x short side – $1150  |  650 x short side – $925
Printed on long-life archival canvas and protected with two coats of UV archival spray.
* Stretch mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.

Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $145  |  420 x short side – $95
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.


Images from “Wait for Me” are planned to be exhibited on Women’s Fashions through Vida and 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.