The story of a part of natures life cycle. Something has to die for another to live and find rest.





THE UNWILLING MARTYRS – Something has to die for another to live.


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THE UNWILLING MARTYRS – Something has to die for another to live. Multimedia illustration of pelican fish

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. Multimedia illustration of pelican fish


In 1990 this started out as some fun with different mediums in black, silver, and white on the hardwood. As I played around with design and technique a story began emerging. I wanted a strong color to add interest. Bingo … red … and as I did blood rushed into my head and a thought occurred to me when a martyr is passionate about a cause their thinking process can lead to the extreme conviction of a willingness to die in the pursuit of fulfilling what they are passionate about. Multimedia illustration of pelican fish

A name came to mind. “Blood of the Martyrs”. The goal of a martyr considering rewards, purpose, and fulfillment stirs action. You see this in all aspects of life, whether a religious conviction, political conviction, or personal conviction, even in the animal kingdom this is the DNA of life. With every goal dreamed of and activated, something else must die whether time, other ideas, a life, or a stream of thought. They dreamed of the reward that promises comfort, and a place of rest to the victor.

That is the martyr’s dream. I’m not sure the fish would agree but the pelican has a satisfying rest in mind and a watchful eye perhaps reveals the dream time of the next conquest and the fish are unwilling martyrs in the conflicts of living.

2016 rework

In 2016 I added the pelican and fish kingdom to the original painting and took out the red symbol of blood in the stream. I replaced the red with the precious metal silver. In some circles, silver is symbolic of rich living. My train of thought further developed the theme of a martyr nature, using pencil skills depicting the fish as unwilling partakers in the life-cycle school of life and death.

The 1990 painting was completed after reworking in June 2016.



ORIGINAL FOR SALE  * Bid or tender for the original artwork. All offers considered around $8,000
Artist and household acrylics, watercolor pencil on gesso primed New Zealand hardwood, and Corflute board. Gloss dammar varnish and acrylic gloss protection. Handcrafted, gutter mount NZ Pinus Radiata frame on NZ particleboard.
* 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 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 – $120
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.


Images from “The Unwilling Martyrs” is 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 the Sale Certificate and maintenance information.
  • Poster art prints ship in insured tubes.


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