In the south east of Zimbabwe lies the Save Valley Conservancy, 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, this lowveld area is also home to artist Lin Barrie and her life partner, Clive Stockil, recipient of The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, 2013. Based at Senuko Ranch in the Save Valley Conservancy and at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge on the edge of Gonarezhou National Park, Lin and Clive share each others lives and are commited to the conservation of endangered wildlife, and community cultures.
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 - 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.
Lin says, "Whether we are humans living in sprawling cities, dung beetles rolling our food stores, or monumental baobab trees thousands of years old, each of us has a vital role to play as strands in the greater web of life. Diversity and linkages between people, plants and animals are insurance for the future of our earth."
She states, “I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and I love travelling to the wilderness outposts of our world. From my field sketches I create works on canvas, using oils and acrylics. I enjoy the immediacy of my preferred tool-an old palette knife inherited from my father, to create expressive strokes.
Lin Barrie’s work is in various collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, Europe, Canada, and the United States of America, and she collaborates with her daughter Kelli Barker, a professional Make Up Artist, to create exhibitions combining her canvas artworks and Kelli's body paintings.
Art Catalogue: http://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/art/
Through the PACE project, Tusk not only provides useful resources to projects throughout the continent, but also supports teacher-training schemes and education programmes in areas vital for wildlife conservation.