Wildlife in Pastels

Karibu, welcome to our website, we sell original artworks, prints and various cards depicting African wildlife, people and places in Tanzania. We are a small company based in Gloucestershire, England and can supply artwork to Europe, USA, Japan and Tanzania. As well as her own work Karen also undertakes several commissioned drawings each year, please contact us for further details.

rhino drawing Throughout her early life Karen Mence had a unique relationship with African wildlife, which is reflected in her art today. Born in Tabora, Tanzania and named after Karen Blixen by her Danish mother, much of her early years were spent in the bush with her sister Vibeke, her mother, Mona and father Tony Mence. Tony was one of the early pioneers of wildlife conservation, living in various locations throughout Tanzania, including the rim of Ngorongoro Crater where Rhino Lodge now stands, and the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Living with and amongst the abundant wildlife inherent to the country, gave Karen the unique opportunity to see and experience the wildlife and landscapes in ways that normal residents and travellers were not able to.

Working firstly as Game Ranger and Game Warden through to his final years in Tanzania as principal of Mweka Wildlife College, Tony encouraged his daughters to share his passion for Tanzania and the cause of wildlife conservation.

Such was his affinity and knowledge of African Wildlife that the film makers of Hatari, directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, sought his advice on making the rhino capture film scenes in Ngorongoro Crater.

Karen and Maasai at Olduvai Karen Mence's pastel drawings evoke vividly the natural territory in which the wildlife abounds. She condenses the vastness of the country without losing any of it's intrinsic beauty. Capturing the light and shade and shrinking the vastness of the Tanzanian landscape into an understandable format is a formidable task but one which Karen Mence does to perfection. These are not just animal portraits or landscapes, but rather moments in time in the never ending story of the african landscape.

Now resident in the UK, Karen has lived in Tanzania, Switzerland and Denmark. Educated at Chelsea School of Art and Ravensbourne College of Art & Design in London, Karen has exhibited work widely in London and elsewhere in the UK. She now mainly sells to private collectors in the UK and abroad.