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. Your pleasure is the treasure. Mixed media painting beach
Interested buyers, 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.


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 expressions in mixed media and exploration of indigenous art. Mixed media painting beach

Some observations
  1. The free and playful attitudes of children caused me to think of their anticipated pleasures. Bundled up in holiday mode pleasure generally reflects impatience, joy, competition, leadership, and excitement, leading to a bundle of memories. Capturing summertime memories in Australia and later adulthood in New Zealand stirred many of my own beach experiences.
  2. The inclusion of indigenous art added in 2016, supports my European Pakeha (NZ Maori for the white man) art inheritance. I 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 …. no matter what the culture.
  3. I used the pearl symbolism as an allegory of the childlike dreaming desires. The allegory in “The Pearl of Great Price” is to give up something once precious to pursue a new dream.
  4. The Pearl is a treasure many dreams are made of. The children were dreaming of the excitement anticipated in boogie-boarding waves. A treasured want.
  5. The “Wait for Me” is part of the pleasure and tension of chasing after the dream. The leader and all followers have dreams, including the animal kingdom which reflect desires and DNA-embedded instincts according to their species.
The pearl is an allegory for desired pleasure and rest

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

For a high percentage of families in Australia and New Zealand, summer is an anticipated highlight to look forward to. Most expect pleasure as a climax to a year of hard labor. The anticipated pleasure is to kick back, play, relax, and find rest for weary souls from 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 hard work and worries.

Think about holidays, weekends, winning the Lotto, retirement, homes mortgage-free, Nirvana in religious hunger, or just the promised rest from hard work. 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 desire to be led to the pearl their leaders promise.

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 naive.

In the best way, I know how there is no way I would knowingly disrespect a people group whom I dearly love. I study, at my own pace and these studies unmask a deeper honor toward these dear marginalized people. Borrowing their creative intelligence to partner with my Western-cultured photorealism painting is another creative expression.

I am an Australian citizen and honoring the indigenous people gives me so much pleasure with their wonderful storytelling interpretations. Their design, dot painting, symbolic storytelling, and colors, alongside the rhythmic sounds of music through didgeridoos, conches, guitars, knocking sticks, dance, and song are creatively unique.

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

This is my Godly inheritance looking forward to their and my redeemed offerings in heaven where no fear, hatred, prejudice, or offense will darken what God gave man to create as good.



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 – $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
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.


Images from “Wait for Me” 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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