|The team that work behind the scenes to make sure that your Art Safari experience is very special encompasses many wonderful people including our expert safari guides, city guides, lodge staff and chefs!You will meet loyal & friendly Art Safari people in all our countries. Our friendly office is a base-camp for all our activities worldwide.Here are some of our UK-based team and artists:-|
|Mary-Anne Bartlett – UK base-camp & Art Safari tutor Mary-Anne loves painting quickly, the adrenaline kick of trying to seize that fleeting moment when an animal is doing something interesting; she also loves the relaxation of painting landscape and townscapes. Mary-Anne studied Fine Art at Ipswich, Exeter and Strasbourg Art Schools. She enjoys being with creative people and relishes the challenge of artistic styles and personalities in each safari group. She started Art Safari in 1999. She’s a cultural chameleon and happy in many countries, cultures and languages and is especially well known as an African specialist.|
|Heidi Ashford – UK base-camp Heidi met Mary-Anne on a boat that had just sailed into their home town of Woodbridge from across the Atlantic in 2007.
They began working together at Art Safari in 2010 and Heidi was soon whisked away from her family in Suffolk to Namibia.
Since then Heidi has been a vital part of the co-ordination and smooth planning of our tours and flights, getting to know people all around the world as well as our guests.
|Lareine Davidson - UK base-camp – Close Encounters Africa Lari is our key reservations person for our tailor-made safari company Close Encounteres Africa.Lari was born in Africa and got to know Art Safari initially through the sketching workshops at London Zoo. Lari and her husband (a non-painter) joined the Malawi Zambia safari as guests and then Lari always helped out with UK events.Lari joined us in 2011 as part of the team who work hard to fulfil people’s dreams of perfect holidays.|
|John Threlfall - nomadic artist tutor – speciality: birds John first met Mary-Anne at the RSPB Birdfair at Rutland Water and they have painted alongside eachother in Scotland and Zambia.An SWLA member and totally in love with nature, especially birds, John is a thoughtful tutor as well as excellent company on long journeys.You may be very relaxed and involved in deep conversation, but he will always be alert to the wildlife around you. His work can be seen in UK galleries and at his website.|
|Karen Pearson - Art Safari tutor and nomadic artist – speciality: colour Karen is a truly great colourist and has real love of teaching the nitty gritty of colour technique and other tricky matters. She’s adept at watercolour as well as being experienced in bronze casting. Karen has an infectious enthusiasm and is good with artists of all standards.A selection of work by Karen is availale to view on her website.|
|James Willis - nomadic artist tutor for Art Safari – speciality architecture James is well known for his large views of Italian cities in oil, acrylic and watercolour. He is a popular tutor at the Sir John Soane Museum in London and has access there to a wealth of architectural fragments and knowledge as well as a superb collection of paintings, including Canaletto.You may recognise him as a frequent contributor to The Artist magazine and his website.|
|Karen Gijselar – Netherlands base-camp – Close Encounters Africa We met Karen in Zambia donkey’s years ago when she worked out there. She now lives back in the Netherlands with her family and looks after our guests from the Netherlands and Belgium for Close Encounters Africa.|
|Kez Tagg – UK base-camp – Close Encounters Africa Kez is a travel consultant for Close Encounters. She has a huge knowledge of southern Africa and all the wonderful little places that you can stay at on tailor-made holidays.|
|Astrid Harrison – UK base-camp Asti helps now and again with flights and during any technological trauma as well as website design.|
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Meet the team in person at exhibitions