Kingfisher peace birds flight. Rest and meditation - Original oil painting on stretched canvas - Gallery view
The Kingfishers Rest and meditation – An original oil painting by Ian Anderson









THE KINGFISHERS PEACE – A creation treasure



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THE KINGFISHERS PEACE – A creation treasure Kingfishers peace birds flight

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. Kingfishers peace birds flight

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A story
One moment
One day
No fear


In reality, the Sacred Kingfisher is one of New Zealand’s best-known birds due to iconic photographs published over many years by Geoff Moon and its abundance of sightings in wetlands, rivers, streams, and farmlands. Geoff’s early images reveal in detail, foraging skills and the development of fledgling chicks in nests.

Equally recognizable are hunched silhouettes on powerlines and high perches where Kingfishers wait patiently to feed on estuaries and mudflats. The silhouette converts in a flash into a streak of green diving steeply to catch its prey. Kingfishers peace birds flight 

At last count, I numbered approx 10 birds on both sides of the town bridge and discovered their nesting/home address in the clay banks a few hundred meters up the river.

I photographed the 2 in this painting next to my studio gallery on the Mahurangi River, Warkworth, New Zealand.

In 2018 one of the Kingfishers flew upstairs into my studio and had an Oooppps!!! moment. It hit the glass window trying to fly out and flopped stunned under my drafting board. I journaled the story with a camera and poetic words suggesting I would make him world-famous after his rescue. He is now included in the painting “Tiritiri Matangi Island”

The Kingfishers story

Kingfishers dwell in New Zealand in a range of habitats. The Kingfisher’s key characteristics are, elevated observation posts to hunt from, banks or suitable standing trees to excavate nests, and open or semi-open habitats that support a range of prey items.

Other names: New Zealand Kingfisher, kōtare, kotare, green kingfisher, tree kingfisher, wood kingfisher, and sacred kingfisher.

Geographical variation: Eight subspecies in Australia, New Caledonia, the Loyalty, Lord Howe Norfolk, and the Kermadec Islands and New Zealand. The New Zealand subspecies is vagans.

The sacred kingfisher(Todiramphus sanctus) is a medium-sized woodland kingfisher that occurs in mangroves, woodlands, forests, and river valleys in Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the western Pacific. In New Zealand, the species is also known by its Māoriname kōtare.

It is called “sacred” as a mythical holy bird for Polynesians, who believed it to have control over the waves. Likewise, the local subspecies of collared kingfisher and other kingfishers in the southwestern Pacific have been ascribed a mythical venerable power over the ocean. In reality, the kingfisher is a beautiful creature, limited in the bird kingdom with no supernatural powers, beautiful iridescent colors, great patience, and strikingly fast attack skills.

The allegory

I added the greenstone carving into the painting as a storytelling metaphor for creative imagination. This is my symbolic interpretation of a mystery in language.

Within the culture of these beautiful Kingfishers is a host of knowledge beyond comprehension. An inner world full of science and engineering, and an outer world of beauty and aerodynamics mixed with alert skills reflecting a Devine artisan’s imagination and the artisan’s greenstone carving skills.

My meditations on Kingfishers and their wonder draw many parallels around the beauty in mankind and the wonder God gave us to enjoy. The Kingfisher as a created species painted alongside greenstone both reveal something of wonder.

Both the bird and the artisan echo the wonder of a divine being’s extraordinary creative wonder.

My use of the artisans’ greenstone

It’s hard to write in words of understanding. The gift of the creative spirit can manufacture a story from anything the eye sees and in this case, greenstone alongside the Kingfisher carving heralds the narrative.

Beyond culture, skin color, religion, and politics into the heart of life where creative expression has pure motives you will discover the story as a metaphor language in the artisan’s greenstone.

This story captures peace meeting wisdom and council around an artisan’s dexterity in created work. This is one of heaven’s gifts and revelations that add purpose, peace, and rest in its discovery.

Revealing the mystery brings with it God’s peace, beyond understanding, adding rest, answering mysteries of our existence, and echoing contentment in man’s creative enterprise.

I choose the greenstone pendant to represent the story of eternal life around valuable wisdom in the council from everlasting truths. The manufacturer’s presence and creative wisdom are embedded in the greenstone. The spiral from the center, an embryo of birth spiraling out in a perpetual growing circle symbolizes the continuum of our life cycle, a sense of eternal perpetual motion.

Discovering that jewel adds new living dimensions of wonder and glory.  Kingfishers peace birds flight

Some keys

If you are curious, as I am, about why we mismanage our earth go directly to the manufacturer. He will gladly show the reasons and give us caretaker solutions. God doesn’t guess or have an opinion, He tells the truth, and He cannot lie. His remedy is available to all but if we are stubbornly arrogant to believe we will never win the battle we desire to win. 

Multitudes have discovered His secret which is available for all who seek the mystery of life’s beginnings and the wonder of seasons and natural maintenance. The Kingfisher and our artisan skills are wonders to marvel at which have embedded in them a manufacturer’s wisdom and stories to tell.

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 these great people. My sentiment is borrowing from their creative intelligence to partner my western cultured photorealism painting with indigenous interpretations.

I am an Australian, New Zealand citizen. I am honored indigenous people give me pleasure through 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 and back again.

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 Aboriginal influences in my art because it is disrespectful to the sacredness of their culture. I disagree. My art is just as sacred because I have as much freedom as my brothers and sisters, to explore all wonders in the world of arts spirituality, 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, without racial arrogance, and one-upmanship which helps no one. 



ORIGINAL FOR SALE   * Bid or tender for the original artwork. All offers are considered around $8,000.

Painted with professional oils on the fine weave, gesso primed cotton canvas for long life. The canvas is stretched on New Zealand pine and protected with brushed dammar varnish.
* 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 framed stretch mounted archival canvas price is $2250 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.


Painted on fine-weave, gesso primed linen canvas for long life. Stretch mounted proudly on hardboard and protected with brushed dammar varnish.


Images from “The Kingfishers Peace” may 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.