Willy Wagtail and its family in the nest and indigenous story in a pendant
The Family Affair – Willy Wagtails in a bedroom at the art gallery

A Family Affair – Willy Wagtail and the pendant


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Willy Wagtail and the Pendant – An indigenous expression Willy Wagtail artisan pendant

Interested buyers, don’t hesitate to ask at this link for a “First in first serve” acquisition of the framed original or 1 of 25 limited edition acrylic enhanced reproductions.

THE PROVERB Willy Wagtail artisan pendant







In the backyard of my sister’s house in Jurien Bay, West Australia, the Willy Wagtails built their nest without any cost. It was a truly mesmerizing sight, and it evoked numerous metaphorical images of family and home. Words fail to capture the profound understanding I felt in that moment.

The painting that resulted from this experience is a heartfelt reflection of that exact moment, blending my own interpretation as a non-Indigenous person with the captivating storytelling style of Indigenous Australian dot painting. I couldn’t help but imagine how a story like this would be depicted through dots by Aboriginal artists, while I captured it through hyper-photo realism.

  • Metaphor in the family – A sentinel in the bloodline

In the metaphor of Willy Wagtail, I want to emphasize the significance of the family of mankind. The family unit plays a crucial role in shaping our human experience, providing a nurturing environment for offspring to thrive.

What parents instill in their bloodline has lasting effects on our limited time on earth. It is within our power to teach values that can either elevate or degrade life. We can choose to nurture bitterness, greed, selfishness, and prejudice, or we can opt for kindness, forgiveness, wisdom, and selflessness as contributors for the greater good. Willy Wagtail artisan pendant

God-loving children possess a unique understanding of the impact of evil and injustice. They have the discernment to distance themselves from such forces and stand up against them because they know that unchecked evil will destroy what is good in humanity.

By feeding our children with positive thought processes and providing them with nutritious food for both body and mind, alongside fostering attitudes grounded in reverence for the creator of all families, we ensure that future generations will have a strong moral compass.

Within the walls of our homes, sharing words filled with wisdom, love, and peace creates an environment where siblings learn by example. Conversely, an atmosphere tainted by bitterness, hatred, and fearful anger will only perpetuate negative cycles.

Let us imagine a painting that depicts two cultures embracing love, understanding joy, peace, and wisdom—a fusion that enriches the tapestry of life. This harmonious existence aligns with God’s original intention rather than harbouring hatred and prejudice.

Realism meets Dreamtime

I am incredibly passionate about my chosen discipline, which is a unique combination of photorealism and metaphor with a touch of surrealism and humor. I draw inspiration from the vibrant and simplistic color rendering in Aboriginal art. By merging these two mediums, I aim to create bridges of understanding that connect our shared ancestry and storytelling traditions.

In my work, I embrace the belief that we are all part of one human race, united under a single heaven. We may have different cultural backgrounds, but we are all painted with different coats of paint that represent our diverse identities. Through my art, I hope to celebrate this cultural diversity and promote harmony among mankind. Willy Wagtail artisan pendant

My use of the artisans’ pendant

It’s truly incredible how our creative imagination can craft a story out of even the simplest objects. In this particular case, I’ve chosen a pendant to symbolize a rich indigenous narrative that exists only in the realm of the imagination.

This story goes beyond the boundaries of culture, skin color, religion, and politics. It delves deep into the essence of life where creative expression stems from pure intentions, and within this pendant lies a metaphorical tale waiting to be discovered.

Imagine a curious heart gathering with loved ones. Picture a nest, a bedroom, and food shared around a table. Envision the young seeking wisdom and guidance from their elders, all centered around this precious jewel that holds profound knowledge.

The revelations brought forth by heaven itself infuse purpose, perpetuity, and belonging into any culture that speaks from the depths of their hearts. And as these hidden truths are unveiled, they bring such peace that transcends understanding and further elevates its cultural significance.

Through our creative endeavors, mysteries are unraveled to bring contentment to our human experience. And it is for this reason that I have chosen the pendant as a representation of the family’s story since pendants themselves rest over the hearts of their owners.

Passed down from generation to generation, this family narrative continues to thrive as loved ones gather around their wise elders who impart new wisdom. This act becomes an inheritable treasure for each new member entering into their familial legacy.

Embedded within these wise councils lie promises of freedom and peace – promises given by those who crafted these pendants. With every discovery made within this jewel comes new wonders and glimpses into glory untold.

In Aboriginal language symbolism, “U” represents an individual while the smaller “U” signifies childhood innocence.The dotted lines represent journey tracks – pathways between experiences or bloodlines connecting family groups together.

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. Willy Wagtail artisan pendant

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 from their creative intelligence to partner with my western culture photorealism painting.

As an Australian citizen, I am honored indigenous peoples give me pleasure in their interpretive storytelling and dot painting.

Paralleled alongside the rhythmic sounds of their music, didgeridoos, knocking sticks, dance, and song makers these gifted people are part of our inheritance.

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

My Godly inheritance and * disclaimer

I am filled with optimism as I anticipate the incredible offerings of Aboriginal culture in heaven. There, we will experience a place free from fear, hatred, prejudice, and offence – a place where God’s creation is celebrated in all cultures, including indigenous culture.

God’s wisdom will shed light on the goodness within each culture and we will marvel at their richness untainted by superstition, fear, or bias.

*  While some may argue that I should not incorporate Aboriginal influences in my art out of reverence for their sacred culture, I believe that my art is equally sacred. Just as my indigenous family possesses the freedom to explore all artistic wonders with unrestricted expression, I too am entitled to embrace any inspiration that moves me.

My intention is to pay homage to every form of artistic expression by incorporating whatever sparks my creativity during the production process. Through it all, I give thanks to God for bestowing upon us such vast diversity.

In my view, we should celebrate one another’s unique stories and diversity wholeheartedly while seeking genuine love for one another. There is no room for racial arrogance or competition among us – regardless of our skin color!



ORIGINAL FOR SALE   * Bid or tender for the original framed (508mm x 508mm x 50mm) artwork. All offers are considered around $12,000 
Painted with professional oils, on gesso-primed long-life linen canvas with gloss dammar protection.
* 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 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.


Some images from “A family affair” 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 the Sale Certificate and maintenance information.
  • Poster art prints ship in insured tubes.


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