Well! What do my art, Rihanna, The Met Gala, Coco Chanel, and Georgia O’Keeffe have in common?
One of my favourite art newsletter, Artnet news has this, about one of my favourite artists…:
Flowers, whether camellias or Jimson Weed, Paper roses or Moonflowers, it’s flowers, art, dress design, music and poetry all the way…..
Heres my poem and my large impressionist floral art, deeply inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe,
in the garden
of good and evil.
trickle from the embrace
of the fluted cup
in velvet African darkness.
Shared in an article in the Zimbabwean Gardener magazine last year, then on display at The Dulux Zimbabwe showroom
Now “Moonflower” is on display at the Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club, an apt setting for the painting, as in this very estate we walk at night enveloped by the gorgeous summer floral scent of these glorious but poisonous plants …!
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.
I love your Moonflower painting, it certainly did remind me of Goergia O’Keefe! I am totally inspired by her work as well. I was in Santa Fe last year and saw her amazing work of the area. I also went yo the Expo in London while it was on. I loved your poem too, the beauty and the poison in one plant!