The Matriarch / Original
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"The Matriarch" Earth Mother, by Santie Cronje
She is the female huia-ariki guarding over new life and new potential... and protecting all positive energies. She is fierce and pure, she is ancient and all knowing. She is 'Earth Mother'.
The 'Mother and Child' iconography images were used as inspiration for this piece. See image 4.
The huia-ariki were extremely rare huia birds displaying a brownish rather than greenish-black plumage, banded with grey, contrasting patches of dark feathers on the head and neck.
Huia-ariki were thought to have been a form of albinism or old age.
The white huia (ariki means chief or high priest in Maori) symbolizes Purity and Wisdom.
Dimensions: (h)610mm x (w)610mm
Medium: Acrylic on stretched canvas, ready to hang.
Signed: Signature and Date
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.
Santie completed Bachelors of Arts at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 1994 and has been a fulltime artist since 2010. Her preferred medium is Acrylics, with its quick drying time and low toxicity. Her style has been described as “a delicate simplicity and elegance. Santie is represented by a handful of selected galleries with her work held in private collections in New Zealand and abroad.