Artists in Action.

Philanthropic adventures for creative spirits

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Adventures for photographers and painters

From painting classes at local Arizona conservation centers to epic bucket-list photo safaris across the globe. We work hard to find opportunities to help you to grow your artistic skills while having a fun time in nature and with wildlife.

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Experience the things that really matter

Our adventures are about more than just creating pretty pictures. We strive to make a lasting positive impact on the people, animals and land that we visit.

We work with well-respected non-profit humanitarian and conservation organizations to provide you with life changing experiences, for both you and those that you meet along your journey.

Meet our travel partners here.

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Your journey doesn’t end when you get home. That’s just the beginning.

Our goal is to work with you to find ways to use your creative talents to invoke positive change. It could be as simple as the sharing of images that you created during your journey with captions that serve to educate others on humanitarian or conservation efforts in progress. Or you can go big and set off on a fundraising campaign to help the animals, people or land that you just visited.

Let us help you to put your art into action.

Some highlights from past adventures… 


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Photography Help

By Nature and Animal Photographer Susan Schmitz

In the field

Our trips are open to all levels of photographers. Although they are not structured workshops, Susan is there to share tips on camera settings, composition and technique while out in the field. Some of our trips have additional dedicated photo guides for extra support. Open top vehicles, bean bags, experienced guides and trackers, access to equipment rentals. We hook you up with all you need to elevate your photography game.

at home

We want to make sure that you don’t miss the chance to capture your dream trip in the best light. Learning how to use your camera on location is not ideal. We offer both in-person and online photography instruction designed to prepare you for all of the action you will experience throughout your adventures.

Contact us for details



Art Workshops

By April Howland of Howland Studios

Learn how to share your inspirational experiences with others and raise awareness on important causes through your artwork.

Arizona based instruction

Painting workshops for local Arizona residents taking place at select locations in nature and in studio. Stay tuned for new workshops coming soon. Contact us for details.

During Adventures

On select adventures, enjoy an afternoon sketch and wine session with April. Chat about the exciting visuals you have experienced on your journey and plan out your next masterpiece.



Our Impact

Helping non-profit organizations in their efforts to better the lives of the people and animals that live on our planet is the heart of our business. Well before Adventure Artists International was formed, co-owners April Howland and Susan Schmitz built their own respective creative businesses around the desire to give back to the community. By auctioning off our artwork or donating a portion of sales to animal rescues, wildlife conservations and humanitarian organizations, we have managed to make an impact to countless beings. Our goal is to infinitely multiply this initiative by teaching you to do the same, and hoping that you continue the #PHILARTRIPY movement.



THOUSAND Dollars Raised

Sales and donations of our artwork have helped to support the initiatives of non-profit organizations around the US and Africa.



Years combined experience

We know how to produce art that makes an impact, both visually and financially.



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Our work has helped to positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of animals and people around the globe.


Meet Your Hosts


April Howland

April Howland has been been a professional artist for over 15 years. Inspired by nature and animals, April’s primary focus remains steady in her thriving wildlife series and domestic animal portrait business.

As she travels the globe from Alaska to Africa for inspiration, April’s eye for composition and design combined with her love of color enables her to create rich and unique art pieces. Her one of a kind style is a successful blend of contemporary and realism. She uses a variety of materials to accomplish her works but her methodology remains consistent. “To me, each piece of art is a beautiful learning experience with amazing shapes and tones working together to tell a story.”

April has been featured in a variety of publications and television news programs for her artwork which include Phoenix Home & Garden, Uptown Magazine, Images Magazine, Voyage Magazine, Scottsdale’s Foothills Focus, The Arizona Republic, PBS Horizon Arizona, Phoenix People, The Barking Beast San Diego and many local NBC, FOX and ABC news programs. April has many collectors both national and abroad and when she isn’t in the studio you can find her raising money for the Africa Foundation helping to support conservation and sustainability and also at the Phoenix Zoo as a committee member and co-founder of the “Art on the Wild Side” program that supports the zoo’s mission in conservation and caring for the natural world.

Website - • Insta - @howland_studios • FB - @HowlandStudios

Susan Schmitz

Susan Schmitz is a photographer/digital artist that specializes in stock imagery that assists the animal and travel industries in conveying memorable marketing messages in a single glance. Her work is licensed worldwide by companies such as Animal Planet, Pedigree, Dogster, Fodor’s Travel, The Huffington Post and other major brands. 

Susan also mentors fellow photographers on the business of commercial stock photography and teaches advanced editing techniques in a laid back, fun and informative manner that fosters creativity, action and prosperity. 

Susan has developed two separate bodies of work that portray her passions and compassion in unique ways. 

A Dog’s Life Photography specializes in fun, whimsical and conceptual images of domestic animals. Most of the animal models used in her work were photographed through her Rescue Group Photo Program which was developed as a way to help animal welfare organizations to find fur-ever homes for pets by providing them with high-impact photos that give adoption ads greater visibility. To keep this program running, these images are then licensed through her stock photography library to the pet industry for their commercial marketing needs. 

A Wild Life Photography features a library of both documentary style and creatively composited images that are representative of her wanderlust spirit, awe of nature and devotion towards animals of all kinds. A portion of proceeds of sales through this brand’s direct website are donated to various wildlife and nature conservation organizations worldwide. 

Website - • Insta - @susanschmitzphoto• FB - @SusanSchmitzPhoto

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Photo by James Lewis




The desire to travel with the purpose of creating art designed to raise awareness of and support for humanitarian and conservation efforts globally.

Are you a philartripist?

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Get Out There.

Life is short. Excuses are boring. Adventure is waiting.


Upcoming adventures

2020 Great Migration With Community Outreach.

Witness the greatest wildlife show on earth and visit local Masai villages. Learn `how you can help the initiatives of Africa Foundation in this area.

Past Adventures

Take a virtual journey through our past adventures. See the art that we created and meet the people that were helped along the way.

Get in touch

Drop us a line and let us know how we cen help you in your “philartripic” journey.