Lin Barrie artist statement:
my large painting titled “Valley, Dreams, Culture”, embraces the wine regions of the Cape – grapevines, history, culture, ecosytems …
This artwork is entwined with metallic highlights and tendrils the colours evocative of the bright skies, the purple mountains, the red and gold wines and the vibrant green grape leaves of this enchanting area
“Valley, Dreams, Culture”,
Mixed media on loose canvas
180 x 115 cm
Painted Wolf Wines and I have a long history of collaboration and friendship; their wines and my art supporting conservation fundraising events, creating wine labels and nurturing our mutual passion for endangered African wild dogs (aka Painted Wolves or Painted dogs).
My daughter Kelli Barker, who is a professional make-up artist, shares this passion of ours and she often creates body art for our event, as she will do for this exhibition.
My art encompasses fragile ecosytems – wild dogs, abstract landscapes, all flora and fauna.
Especially for this exhibition, I have chosen the themes of wild dogs, wild ocean and wine lands, (especially focusing on Franschhoek, “Valley of Dreams”)
We are all, human and animal, part of the web of life, the vibrant yet often endangered ecosystems that make our planet earth worth living on!
I resonate strongly with the ethos of working together like a wild dog pack – teamwork gets things done, whilst allowing for empathy and considerate behaviour to each other!
We are all ‘part of the pack’
We all have ‘wild’ within us
We can all do good together.
My mantra is ‘Think globally Act locally’ !
From wild dogs to grape culture- fascinating ecosytems and ethos!