Anne Meredith Barry was born in Toronto in 1932. Her interest in art was recognized from an early age. She began painting full-time after graduating from the Ontario College of Art in 1954. Her first trip to Newfoundland, sponsored by the Outport Arts Foundation, was in 1971. Captivated by the province’s landscape and culture, she returned regularly to teach, paint, and create prints. In 1986 she settled for good in Newfoundland, purchasing and refurbishing the former St. Michael’s Printshop on the Avalon Peninsula’s Southern Shore.
Barry is recognized not only for her art, but also for her involvement and support in Canada's visual arts community. She served on committees and organizations including The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador. She was a lobbyist for artists' issues, emphasizing the importance for artists to be able to make a living in todays society.
Barry’s bold, strongly coloured works have been widely exhibited in solo and group shows across Canada and internationally. Throughout her career she also taught and led workshops all across Canada.
Anne Meredith Barry received an honorary doctorate from Memorial University in 1998 and was recognized as a master artist by The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She died in 2003.