Kaitiaki - original painting


Inspired by the Buddhist deity ‘Green Tara’, Kaitiaki is a painting that represents the guardianship, preservation and protection of the natural world.
Green Tara symbolises abundance, protection and freedom from negativity. She is known as the Mother of Mercy and Compassion and provides healing and relief from bad karma. A forest goddess, she is at one with nature and a mother to the plants and animals, offering all sentient beings liberation and protection from negativity and suffering.

Because Green Tara is ultimately a protector and guardian of all living things, and has a deep connection and oneness to the natural world, ‘Kaitiaki’ felt like an apt name for this painting. It is the belief of many cultures and peoples around the world and throughout history, that humankind is closely connected to the Earth and therefore have the honour and responsibility of protecting it. The Māori word Kaitiakitanga is guardianship; tiaki means to guard, protect, care for and foster. A kaitiaki is the entity that is guarding and protecting, specifically the land, the plants, the waters and the inhabitants of the earth.

In this painting, all of the beings are Kaitiaki. Tara is at the centre, as a universal symbol of loving protection, which is what all humans are capable of being. She is at one with every leaf and petal and connected to each animal, as they all carry out the essential role as unwavering guardians of the earth. The new growth happening all around her symbolises the rebirth that is manifesting at all times and provides the hope and knowledge that we can nourish, protect and rebuild the earth.

Painting Details:

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
Ready to hang
1400 x 1000 mm


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