In the south east of Zimbabwe lies the Save Valley Conservancy,(SVC), a wildlife reserve of nearly one million acres. A semi-arid wilderness of monumental granite kopjies, golden savannah, ancient leadwood forests and monolithic baobab trees, this tantalizing territory is home to endangered Black and White rhinos, African wild dogs, elephants, buffalo, lion and a host of other species. This lowveld area is also home to artist Lin Barrie and her life partner, Clive Stockil, respected conservationist and ardent spokesman for the rural communities adjacent to the Save Valley Conservancy. Lin and Clive share each other’s lives and are committed to contributing to the conservation of endangered wildlife and community cultures.
Expressing her hopes, fears and love for special ecosystems with her paintbrush, Lin believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal can only truly be captured by direct observation. She immerses herself in her subjects, whether it is sketching rhinos drinking at a waterhole or watching African wild dogs and their pups, painting cultural dancers or sketching dhows on the Mozambique coast.
“Whether we are humans living in sprawling cities, or dung beetles rolling our food stores; whether we are monumental baobab trees thousands of years old or African wild dogs leading our pups through long grass, each of us has a vital role to play as strands in this greater web of life. Diversity, networking and linkages between people, plants and animals are insurance for the future of our earth.”
Lin Barrie’s work is in various collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, and the United States of America.
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