Body Art is Energy; Canvas Art is depth…..Beating Covid

Kelli Barker Body Art and Make Up and Lin Barrie Art in a collaboration, beating Covid!!

The inspiration behind this collaboration between myself and Kelli, for a photoshoot with Daxion Photography started with my acrylic painting called “Energy”…

Energy by Lin Barrie, acrylic on canvas, 2 x 2 feet

My original acrylic painting celebrates colour and movement, mark-making …it celebrates the positive energy we can generate in our everyday human interactions…..to overcome the negative fears of Covid na disease that the whole world has faced in this year of 2020….

Here I start painting Kelli in the same style as my “energy” paintings…

Lin Barrie and Kelli Barker

the challenge of painting on a 3D surface pleases me…

Painting on a 3D surface pleases me…

Furthering the theme, this series of photos portrays gestures of friendship in these challenging times…. our Zimbabwean Tsonga tradition of greeting, “hand on heart”, versus the western style “handshake”…

here are my initial charcoal sketches…

Hand on Heart by Lin Barrie

Handshake, by Lin Barrie


The Hlengwe people of south east zimbabwe (northern Tsonga region towards the Limpopo River)  use hand clapping as a form of friendship greeting and thanks…plus a gesture of Hand on Heart….
The hand on heart greeting is called Kusheweta.

Photograph by Daxion Photography

and so Kelli’s pose, here professionally photographed by Daxion Photography, reflects the Hand on Heart gesture to convey social connection, trust and friendship in these difficult “covid” times…

Photo by Lin Barrie

Hand on Heart, eyes wide open to the possibilities of human friendship and trust….

eyes wide open, hand on heart…Photograph by Daxion Photography

Eyes shut….trusting….

Eyes shut….trusting….Photograph by Daxion Photography

The stunning black and white version of the Daxion photographs…

Eyes open, black and white….Photograph by Daxion Photography

The trust implicit in shut eyes is palpable….

my favourite image….

Photo by Lin Barrie

About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie 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.
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1 Response to Body Art is Energy; Canvas Art is depth…..Beating Covid

  1. Anna Fleming says:

    Congratulations! What a creative pair you both are! xx

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