Original oil painting on Gesso primed canvas, protected with Damar Varnish

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 25 limited edition acrylic enhanced reproductions.


A story
One moment
One day
No fear


In reality, the sacred kingfisher is one of the best-known birds in New Zealand due to the iconic photographs published over many years by Geoff Moon. These early images showed in detail the prey, the foraging skills and the development of chicks in the nest and as fledglings. Equally recognizable is the hunched silhouette waiting patiently on a powerline or other higher perches over an estuary or mudflat which converts in a flash to a streak of green diving steeply to catch a prey item. Kingfishers peace birds flight

I captured these 2 next to my studio gallery on the Mahurangi River in Warkworth, New Zealand. At last count, I numbered approx 15 birds on both sides of the town bridge and discovered their nesting in clay banks a few hundred meters up the river.

In 2018 one of the Kingfisher flew upstairs into my studio behind me and had an Oooppps!!! moment. It hit the glass trying to fly out and stunned flopped under the drafting board where I chose to talk and suggested I would make him famous before I let him out.

LSS I photographed him before release and he is included in the painting “Tiritiri Matangi Island”

The Kingfishers story

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

Other names: New Zealand Kingfisher, kōtare, kotare, green kingfisher, tree kingfisher, wood 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 Māori name kōtare.

It is called “sacred” for it was said to be a 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 were ascribed venerable power over the ocean.

Their beauty embedded in nature and our want to craft stories in art

Story to come

The allegory

I see this wonder in our storytelling in arts and crafts, hence I choose greenstone carving with my interpretation of a mystery in the language.

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

My meditations on Kingfishers and their wonder draw many parallels around the beauty in mankind and the wonder God gave us to enjoy.

Some keys

If you are curious, as I am, about why we mismanage our earth go directly to the manufacturer and He will gladly show the reasons and our caretaker solutions.

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. Kingfishers peace birds flight

The indigenous influence

This is my attempt to add a new take in from beautiful Maori design with indigenous inspirations from a culture of people I deeply love for their God-given wisdom, storytelling, and cultural uniqueness.

Their gifts in art, storytelling, and understanding wider family (Whanau) bonds add to New Zealand’s and our worlds rich cultural inheritance. We are all indebted to God for this joy and prejudice should have no place in our heart against this Pacific Island people group.

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 carvings herald 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 with wisdom and council around an artisans dexterity in created work. This is one of heavens gifts and revelations which add purpose and peace and rest in discovery.

Discovering the mystery brings with it the peace of God, 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 council from everlasting truths. The manufacturer’s presence and promised freedom are embedded in the greenstones story.

Discovering that jewel adds new living dimensions of wonder and glory.



ORIGINAL FOR SALE   * Bid or tender for the original artwork. All offers considered around $4,600.

Painted with professional oils on the fine weave, gesso primed cotton canvas for long life. 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.

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.


Painted on fine weave, gesso primed linen canvas for long life. Stretch mounted proud 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.