Our unique Miombo Woodlands inspire my art at this time of year as we head into our Zimbabwean spring colours…
Msasa abstract triptych, acrylic on deep stretched canvas
Msasa leaves will soon burst forth in all the deep warm tones of a Northern hemisphere fall!
msasa triptych, acrylic on canvas-each panel 3 x 2 feet Lin Barrie
Interspersed with splashes of brilliant red from the Erythrina trees
Msasa trees are found in the Miombo areas of Africa…
A “Touch of the Wild in the Heart of the City”, Harare’s Mukuvisi Woodlands is an inspiring place to walk, dream and hold art shows! Plus view the spring colors for the next few months…
You might very well see Guinea Fowl,
guinea spots acrylic on canvas board, 51 x 41 cm Lin Barrie
and the endangered and elusive pangolin might very well be here among these trees…!
Old Gold Pangolin, acrylic on loose canvas, 57 X 93 cm Lin Barrie
The most wonderful drives through colourful woodlands at this time of year are towards Mutare from Harare, on the way to “Gordon’s” of Mutare.
And onwards to SeldomSeen for best birding…and flowers…
plus Tony’s Coffee Shop for best cake in the glorious misty Vumba Mountains…
A road trip towards Chinoyi from Harare, plus the route south from Harare to Chivu, Zaka, rewards long-distance travelers with vistas of deep glowing colour from the miombo species along the way…..
The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues.
This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil.
Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation.
Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas.
Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.