Lisl Barry lives with her family in the heart of a pristine natural environment in the Gamkaberg nature reserve, Klein karoo.
“The sense of space created by the sweeping vlaktes. The mountainous beauty as well as the vast skies that signal any refreshing relief or discomfort are a source of inspiration for me. Ever changing and dramatic. Like our human social environment it can be harsh and often seems to
be struggling with itself. And yet can be clear and simple and full of awe inspiring surprises. My wish is that my art will inspire people to protect and nurture this breath-taking environment.”
Lisl Barry (nee Boonzaier) South African contemporary fine artist, oil painting, realistic, impressionistic landscapes, karoo landscapes, karoo architecture, rural Africa, seascapes…
1970 – Born Lisl Boonzaier to a family already filled with 3 other children. She was the last of this brood.
1988 – Grew up in well loved Cape Town, South Africa, and matriculated in this year.
1991 – Completed a 3 year Graphic Design Diploma at Cape Technikon.
1992 – Worked as a designer for a small printing company in that area.
1993 – Moved to Gamkaberg Nature Reserve in the Little Karoo. Started work as a freelance designer and watercolourist.
1995 to 2003 – Was a designer and illustrator for Gauteng-based publishing company, still based at Gamkaberg. Worked on their wildlife-environmental guide book series on different areas of South Africa.
2005 – Became a full-time oil painter (alongside role of full-time Mom). Exhibitions since 1993 include annually at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Little Karoo National Arts Festival) since it’s inception, annually at Strydom Gallery’s Southern Cape Artists exhibition and various locally-held group exhibitions.