We are lucky enough to have one of Lin Barrie’s paintings for sale in our Bulawayo showroom. Read more about this talented artist below:
In the south east of Zimbabwe, Africa, lies the Save Valley Conservancy, (SVC), a wildlife reserve of nearly one million acres. A semi-arid wilderness of spectacular granite kopjies, golden savannah, ancient leadwood forests and monolithic baobab trees, this tantalizing territory is home to endangered Black and White rhinos, African hunting dogs, elephants, buffalo, lion and a host of other species. As an annex to the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) which comprises Kruger National Park, Limpopo Park and Gonarezhou National Park, this lowveld area is also home to artist Lin Barrie and her life partner, Clive Stockil.
Expressing her hopes, fears and love for special ecosystems with her paintbrush, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal can only truly be captured by direct observation. She immerses herself in her subjects, whether it is sketching rhinos drinking at a favourite waterhole, watching African Hunting dogs and their pups, painting traditional dancers, or sketching dhows on the Mozambique coast. The wheeling constellations and moon phases of the night skies, the people, the droughts, veld fires and regenerating rains of Africa – all are inspiration to Lin in creating her works of art on canvas and handmade paper. She is fascinated by the synergies between elements of landscape and animals, such as the texture of baobab skin which so closely resembles that of elephants’ limbs, and the shapes of monumental rock outcrops which take human or animal form.