Mary-Anne Bartlett

Mary-Anne Bartlett

Sketching & Painting

Favourite destination
Africa and Asia, and a few other places

Favourite medium
Watercolour and pencil sketching at speed

I love to paint quickly, to tap into the adrenaline kick of trying to seize that fleeting moment when an animal is doing something interesting - and then to slow down to enjoy the relaxation of painting landscape and townscapes.

Mary-Anne Bartlett is a travel and wildlife artist who will help you respond to movement, habitat and colour.  Happy to sit for hours in almost any climate or cultures, she’s going to show you that it’s possible to sketch anywhere.

Sketching is what it’s all about for Mary-Anne, not exhibitions and shows.  She developed a habit of carrying watercolours and a travel sketchbook while at Art College at Exeter and Strasbourg (CIM Dip M, DNSEP Strasbourg, BA Comb Hons Exeter) and sees these tools as the artist’s passport to integration into communities around the world.  She regards her art materials as her real passport.  Through painting and sketching you also observe, see and remember the world around you more clearly.

Art Safari is Mary-Anne’s brainchild, dreamed up while travelling in Malawi in 1999.  She developed the idea of Art Safari from a short art course in Liwonde National Park into a full range of itineraries around the world, spurred on by the huge enthusiasm and wanderlust of Art Safari guests.

Mary-Anne is a cultural chameleon and happy in many countries, cultures and languages. She is especially well known as an African specialist. As great-great-granddaughter of explorer botanist and doctor Sir John Kirk, Mary-Anne has travel, and Africa, in the blood. Kirk explored East Africa on the Zambezi Expedition with Dr David Livingstone in the 1850-60s before becoming Consul General of East Africa in Zanzibar. She takes after these early explorers – both Kirk and Livingstone also travelled everywhere with their sketchbooks. She enjoys being with creative people and relishes the challenge of artistic styles and personalities in each safari group.

Her artwork ranges from the detailed to the expressive and she is well-known for her minimal representations of animals which verge on a Japanese distillation of fleeting moment. Her detailed water-colours of landscapes lead you wide vistas of timeless beauty, whilst her minimal drawings and prints of African wildlife capture those fleeting moments of interaction between wild animal and the silent human watching in awe.