AFC Safari Benefit Set for 2020

October 24, 2019 share
Artists for Conservation

Join two internationally renowned artists, Gregory Wellman and Karen Laurence-Rowe in November 2020 on a safari expedition catering to artists, photographers and conservationists. This safari will support two conservation organizations - Artists for Conservation and Soysambu Conservancy. 

The 2020 AFC Kenya Fundraiser Safari is organized by Jackson's African Safaris with artists, photographers and conservationists in mind. The trip is hosted by founder Timothy Jackson and painter and conservationist Gregory Wellman. In addition, internationally renowned conservation artist Karen Laurence-Rowe (based in Nairobi, Kenya) will join three days of the adventure, sharing her experience and inspiring stories. 


    Your Art Host: Gregory Wellman  | Tour Leader/Host: Timothy Jackson

Overland & Fly-in Safari Options – November 15th – 27th, 2020

Registration deadline: December 1st, 2019

Organized by: Jackson's African Safaris 

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The safari will also include many other destinations in Kenya including; Nairobi`s David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage & the Giraffe Center, a boat trip on Lake Naivasha, Nakuru National Park, Samburu National Park and the famed Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Gregory Wellman & Timothy Jackson will accompany the group as tour hosts. We will have local professional driver guides taking care of us, allowing Timothy and Gregory to give their full attention to everyone, sharing their passion. 10% of the proceeds from each participant directly supports conservation. 

Timothy first visited Soysambu in the year 2000, before it became a conservancy, and most recently in 2018 with Guy Combes creating the vision and purpose for these safaris. These safaris provide a significant contribution to conservation. 

This is AFC's second safari fundraiser with Jackson's African Safaris to Kenya. 2019's safari with artist Guy Combes raised $6,800 for conservation and education. Learn more

This adventure will include visits to Soysambu Conservancy, where you will have a chance to observe and participate in the conservation project that Guy Combes is involved with: The Boma Project, which protects the Cattle of Soysambu from Lions, and in turn protects the Lions to co-exist with farming and people, this will be your chance to see where some of the money raised is spent first hand, and see the value and importance of community supported tourism in Kenya. 

Please contact Timothy Jackson for more information:



About Gregory Wellman

Winner of Best in Show, Association of Animal Artists 2013
Featured on Sky Art’s Portrait Artist of the Year 2013
Shortlisted for Artists & Illustrator Magazine’s Artist of the Year 2015

Gregory Wellman grew up in England, always fascinated by nature, roaming the countryside and investigating the rivers and rock pools in his hometown of Lyme Regis. His boyhood love of the wildlife of Africa was reignited in 2005 with his first visit to Kenya with fellow AFC artist Steve Burgess. The land, the birds, the animals and the Maasai people inspired drawings, paintings and exhibitions since then. After reaching the top of Kilimanjaro on his fortieth birthday, Gregory went on to have two solo exhibitions in Arusha, Tanzania, and was the first Artist in Residence at the Cultural Heritage Centre there. He continued to visit the region two to three times a year, running a number of workshops and demonstrations of his Wildlife and Maasai paintings, and was featured in International Artist Magazine. In 2013 Gregory finally realized his dream of running his own art safari, sharing his love of painting and sketching in the National Parks and private conservancies; teeming with elephant, giraffe, buffalo and all the other plains' game of East Africa. As well as wildlife art, Gregory is a lover of portraiture. He produced a series of works on the Maasai people and was featured on TV's Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. A solo exhibition in the UK featured his Maasai paintings and tied in with a cultural visit by a touring group of Maasai from Kenya.

Gregory regularly runs workshops, gives talks and demonstrates his painting in the UK and Vancouver, Canada. His love of painting has taken him to many other places including the Hollywood Hills, New Zealand and Southwest France where he leads an annual summer art holiday.

He is a member of Artists For Conservation Foundation and has raised money for a variety of wildlife charities, as well as donating artwork to the annual Artists For Survival's fundraising auction in London. Gregory hopes that his art, enthusiasm and joy for experiencing and painting the natural world will contribute in some way to protecting what we still have. To help promote meaningful projects that work for the benefit of all. And by being a host of this safari he also hopes to inspire others to do the same. "As a member of AFC, I aspire to share with you all the great work being achieved by our members; real projects and fundraising initiatives that actually do make a difference in the world today. And you can be a part of that movement with this safari, all are welcome, whether you are an artist, photographer or simply someone who wants to experience an unforgettable adventure whilst contributing to amazing conservation projects!" Join us on this journey of ACTION... in protecting Africa's wildlife today!

About Karen Laurence-Rowe

Winner Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012
Recipient of the AFC Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award 2015
David Shepherd Personal Choice award 2017

Born in Uganda, daughter to a civil engineer, her family lived almost a nomadic existence, moving around East Africa to wherever a road or a bridge was needed.  Home, in those early years was often a prefab wooden site house with lions and hyenas breaking the sounds of the night and constant attacks on the chicken house by various beasts!  With no towns or cities around for hundreds of miles, Karen and her siblings would draw to entertain themselves. These memories of Africa’s virtually unspoiled landscapes, teeming with game and magnificent views, were to influence her subject matter as an artist in later years.  Although Karen is most well-known for painting African Wildlife – She is just as interested in capturing the landscapes, seascapes and the people of the country she is in.  She is extremely versatile in medium and style and can switch easily from oils into watercolors or charcoal.

Karen’s paintings grace the walls of many an art lover both in Kenya, where she lives, and in homes all over the world.  She paints from her Studio in Nairobi which enables her to get into the field regularly to sketch and photograph the wildernesses that she so loves.   Karen's concern for what it happening to the wildlife and the landscapes around her is reflected deeply in her work.   She regularly donates to conservation.


“I help where I can because it terrifies me that as fast as I can paint the beautiful beasts and vistas of this continent, they are as quickly disappearing to the pressures of humanity and poaching.  I feel the need to record it in paint before it is lost to us forever.”  -Karen Laurence-Rowe  

We often feel powerless in knowing how to support a future for all our amazing wildlife and the places they roam; the decision to take a safari in Africa can have a positive or negative impact!  Our knowledge & expertise can ensure your visit counts in leaving a positive legacy, where you will see first-hand your money making a difference.  If you would like to learn how to participate please take the time to contact me and we can make a difference together. - Timothy Jackson 


Credit: Images provided by the artist or Jackson African Safari.


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