A Peaceful Existence / Framed Print
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"A Peaceful existence" by Santie Cronje
"Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer" - Radhanath Swami
The Story of Puriri
Puriri or ghost moth (pepetuna) is a large endemic moth of New Zealand and according to Maori mythology a descendant of Hinepeke. Puriri (Aenetus virescens), is a parasite of pūriri trees. Because it flies at dusk and into the night, it was commonly regarded as the realm of spirits. The pepetuna was known as a spiritual messenger, or a ghost of an ancestor returning to visit his or her descendants.
Image: (h) 515mm x (w) 250mm
Frame: (h)750mm x (w)465mm
Paper: Museum archival cotton rag
Originally from South Africa, Santie Cronje has called New Zealand home since 1999. Artist in residence and owner of Deciduus & Santie with partner Shane, she juggles a busy work - life balance. As a visual storyteller her paintings are closely connected to her life experiences, travels, thoughts and surroundings.
Formerly educated, Santie studied Art at school from age sixteen and completed a Bachelors of Arts at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 1994.
Her preferred medium is Acrylics, with its quick drying times and low toxicity. Her style has been described as “a delicate simplicity and elegance, which touches the childlike side of the heart” Santie is represented by a handful of selected galleries with her work held in private collections in New Zealand and abroad.