Defend The Sacred


‘Defend The Sacred’ art print

Sizes available: A3, A2

Artist: Marta Hutt

Year created: 2019

Technique: watercolour & acrylic paint on paper


When I saw the photograph of indigenous people protest in Brasilia in April, the powerful image of strong women stopped me in my tracks. I instantly knew I will have to paint it…

If you know me or if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that in my art I love portraying females with a story behind and that I’m also passionate about sustainability and nature. ‘Defend the Sacred’ artwork combines two of my passions and brings the powerful message.

What Indigenous Rights Have to Do With Fighting Climate Change?

We seem to be used to dismissing indigenous matters as a brief or short-lived issues but we have to understand that same greedy forces that have threatened indigenous ways of life for decades are accelerating the devastating effects of climate change.

In 2013 I went for a month travelling  through Brazil and that’s when we saw the things for myself…

“While the struggle to protect the environment and indigenous lands is not unique to Brazil, the specifics of the Amazon are exceptional. Far from the fringe issue it is often treated as in mainstream political discourse, solidarity with native peoples has become a global ecological imperative. “

“Rather than protecting what is left of the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the president (of Brazil) seems intent on opening up the jungle to commercial activities like mining and livestock grazing, his disregard for the ecological and climate value of the Amazon exceeded only by his contempt for its most vulnerable residents.”

“Indigenous Brazilians, who live on protected lands throughout the country, over half residing in the Amazon rainforest, have faced recurrent violence from those seeking to exploit the land.”

“The international community, accustomed to dismissing indigenous matters as a fringe or ephemeral issues, will have to adjust to today’s reality: The same rapacious forces that have threatened indigenous ways of life for decades imperil the world by accelerating the devastating effects of climate change. We are late, perhaps irreversibly so, to this realization.”

Fragments of a What Indigenous Rights Have to Do With Fighting Climate Change article

by Professor Andre Pagliarini published in New Republic Magazine published on August 7, 2019. 

Original photograph which inspired my painting by Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty. 



This art has been created and printed by the artist to the highest standards to last a lifetime.

Each art print is numbered and signed by the artist.

Keep original artwork away from direct sunlight and areas of high humidity.

Each artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity which should be kept with the print or attached to the back of the frame.

All copyright and reproduction rights are retained by the artist. This artwork may not be reproduced by any process without the written permission of the artist.

Please contact me if you would like to purchase an art print in size larger than available on the listing as this can be arranged.


Size guide

A4: 21 x 29.7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in

A3: 29.7 x 42 cm / 11.7 x 16.5 in

A2: 42 x59.4 cm / 16.5 x 23.4 in

Additional information

Sizes available

A2, A3