When all you feel is light / Original / Early Work 2010
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"When all you feel is light" by Santie Cronje is an original painting created in 2010 and part of our Birthday show, available for sale for the first time in over ten years.
“When all you feel is light” is a painting about the state of the heart. This beautiful peacock is holding a lantern giving the viewer a chance to take a brief look. The peacock has found a place to rest, before continuing on it’s journey. It is guided by the ever present moon, looking after those who dwell in the softness of her light.
The background colours remind us of fallen leaves in the bush. Slightly damp with rich smells of the forest floor.
The peacock is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavor to show our true colors.
Similar to Lakshmi*, the Peacock is associated with Kwan-yin* in Asian spirituality. Kwan-yin (or Quan Yin) is also an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness.
*Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage; and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.
*Kwan-yin or Quan Yin, is known as the Goddess of Compassion & Healing. She is one of the most popular deities in all of Asia. Her name in Chinese roughly translates as "The One who hears the Cries of the World". She is the most beloved and revered of the Chinese dieties. Kuan Yin is the Divine Mother we all long for: merciful, tender, compassionate, loving, protecting, caring, healing, and wise. She quietly comes to the aid of her children everywhere.
Size: (h)910mm x (w)610mm
Medium: Acrylic on stretched canvas, ready to hang.
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.