Lisl Barry (neé Boonzaier) was originally a graphic art graduate from Cape Town (Cape Technikon 1991 majoring in Printmaking and Photography). She lived for 23 years with her nature conservation husband and their two young daughters, on a remote nature reserve in the Little Karoo (Gamkaberg). They relocated to Oudtshoorn in 2017 where she now has a studio-gallery. This lifestyle of being immersed in nature has had a great influence on her work and the way she sees the world. She is passionate about the environment and natural living.
She began painting watercolours in earnest in 1985 at the age of 15 and oils in 2001. Her graphic design background (pre-digital technology) shaped the way she sees everyday scenes around her as a graphic interplay of light, colours and shapes; she is constantly aware of the striking and the subtle patterns within them; and of the tensions and energies created between shapes and lines. And how all of these aspects can be used within her compositions to inspire emotion. She believes that art, in any form, is vital to opening our eyes anew to the world around us; to make us see everyday things or situations in a way which we may not have previously experienced and, with regards to her own work specifically, to reflect upon our relationship as humans to the environment - on a local and global level.
Exhibiting in group exhibitions since 1993, her work forms part of collections locally and abroad.
‘Breathe’ : Lisl’s tree inspired works are a celebration of forests and trees.
These works are a culmination of her years of learning, experimenting and exploring with oils and the sensory soaking in of her environment through the years.
“Trees are the breath of our planet. We have much to celebrate.”