Kingfishers are found throughout the country in both coastal and inland freshwater. In New Zealand the species is also known as kotare (from the Maori 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 and were ascribed venerable power over the ocean.
A kingfisher, said to be the first bird to fly from Noah's ark after the deluge, supposedly received the orange of the setting sun on its breast and the blue of the sky on its back. It was considered a symbol of peace, promising prosperity and love.
Titled Contemplation acrylic on cotton canvas.
Size 1062 x 762mm box framed and can be hung.
They say that as artists we paint our dreams and places we would rather be, it is definitely true for me. The background is there, though sometimes it is fuzzy, we need to focus on what is important. So much of my day I would rather be in the feathers of this Sacred Kingfisher, he is the reminder that there is so much more to life, the Prince of peace "