Wine and Wild Dogs = Art

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!

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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2 Responses to Wine and Wild Dogs = Art

  1. Deryn says:

    I just love this idea! Bringing conservation, art and wine together! We are indeed part of the global community and if each of us were to be the yeast wherever we find ourselves, drawing the strands together with our love and passion. We will make a difference, such beauty in your palette!

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