Meet Ali Dunnell the artist behind Travels with my Art

Self Portrait in Watercolour
Self Portrait in Watercolour

I am an artist, photographer and teacher who travels the world recording images of people and life in sketchbooks, canvases and online. Never without my camera or a sketchbook and pen, I use my day-to-day experiences and travel journals as inspiration for my artwork.
I am originally from England but have travelled extensively around the world and have had some amazing adventures visiting and living in a diverse range of countries and cultures.
Twenty years ago, after completing my art history degree at university, I set off on a gap year travelling independently around the world. My gap year evolved into a gap decade, and I spent the rest of my twenties exploring Asia, North Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Oceania as solo female traveller. To help fund my travels, I trained as a teacher, and taught overseas in Portugal, Poland, Syria, Egypt and Hong Kong as well as in England, in London, Cambridge and Nottingham.
In my early thirties I returned to England and retrained as a journalist and worked on newspapers and local radio stations in Yorkshire in England. Here I also met my husband and we had our three children. But soon the travel bug bit again, and we decided to work abroad, to give our children a taste of international life and an experience of different cultures. So, for the last six years we have been living as an expat family, first in Sweden, then in Tanzania and now in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sketching and painting have always stayed close to my heart and I have built up a large number of sketchbooks, paintings, photo albums, USB sticks and memory cards – sometimes exhibiting and selling my work too.
I found a great way to share these images, initially with friends and family, but later with followers from all over the world, was via a blog – which was how Travels with My Art began. Travels with my Art is ultimately a gallery of my paintings, sketchbooks and photographs, but is also a mish mash of my musings on travel, expat life, art, teaching and motherhood.
I hope you join me on my adventures.

Ali Dunnell


45 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Ali! Thank you for stopping by my blog and signing up to tag along on my future adventures. Looks like you’ve had some awe-inspiring ones of your own. All the best to you! 🙂

    1. alidunnell says:

      I have thank you. Look forward to seeing more of your posts too. Ali

  2. rlishman84 says:

    I love your site (just found it on WordPress Discover section) and am looking forward to following your future adventures!

    1. alidunnell says:

      Glad you like it and thanks for following! Ali

  3. Ali Grimshaw says:

    I have enjoyed looking around your blog and look forward to following you.

    1. alidunnell says:

      Thanks Ali. I hope you will continue to enjoy my posts. Ali

  4. Just dropped by to say, your site is amazing, it is going to take me a while to assimilate. at the moment I mulling over the religion being the only millionaire in India. Your photographs are amazing too.

    1. alidunnell says:

      Thank you so much. I love working on it and doing all my art work and painting too. I hope you enjoy having a look round it. Ali

  5. Gorgeous photos and paintings. I love your blog.

    1. alidunnell says:

      Thanks so much Wondering Woman! I guess I could be called a wandering woman too. Ali

  6. Daal says:

    am much enjoying! so glad I found your site 🙂

    1. alidunnell says:

      Glad you like my website. Ali

  7. Hey Ma’am
    I am new in the wordpress family. I am still a confused soul about my life and my blog. It blog looks amazing, glad i found you on instagram.

  8. Hey Ali, I love the concept of travelling and telling a story through art. I loved your sketches and artwork. I tried checking for your email id on this website but couldn’t find it. Can you please provide me your email id. I wish to dedicate a blog post for you

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Hi Missy Traveller and thanks for the complements about my blog. Here’s my email: alisondunnell@gmail.com

  9. Nancy says:

    What an incredible life story and I love your art! I look forward to reading your posts

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks so much Nancy for your positive feedback 🙂

  10. SheryL♥ says:

    Hi! Thanks a lot for joining Thoughts of SheryL!
    Great blog! 🙂

      1. SheryL♥ says:

        Don’t mention it. 🙂

  11. Interesting life you have experienced so far, no doubt the best is yet to come! Look forward to reading your posts.

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thank you Suzanne. I guess they say life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans!

  12. Love your blog! If you visit mine you’ll know exactly why. Except for the kids and the nationality, I already found so many similarities. Ok, that sounds creepy. I’m actually more psychotic than creepy, so no worries. 🤣
    Jokes aside, really love your art work.

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      No worries – I will check out your blog too and get back to you. And thanks for the positive feedback about my work 🙂

      1. 🙂 You’re most welcome. About your work and on my blog.

        1. Ali Dunnell says:

          Just checked out your blog – it’s great. Where are the illustrations from, are they your work?

          1. Thank you! That means a lot! Yes, they are my photos that I play around with. Mainly from sights around Budapest and Helsinki.

          2. Ali Dunnell says:

            I really like them. They have a unique style 🙂 And Helsinki and Budapest are two of my favourite cities too.

          3. Really? Let me know when you’re in town. We can do some art together, because I love your paintings, too. Thank you for the compliment. 🙂

  13. Hi Ali, thanks for the follow, I’m looking forward to exploring your pages!

  14. Thanks for the follow and letting me discover your blog. If you would ever like to share a short post about your experiences as an expat I would love to feature some of your fabulous art and photos. Here’s an example: https://cindamackinnon.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/uprooted-and-relocated-expat-file16/
    (You can contact me at About/Contact on left sidebar)

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thank you so much for the offer – I will check it out and get back to you 🙂

  15. Monetmom says:

    Hi, I noticed you liked my blog and would like to ask you a couple of questions about blogging.
    If you have a moment please contact me.

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Hi Monetmom – if you would like to contact me directly, my email is alisondunnell@gmail.com 🙂

  16. customshouse says:

    Thanks for liking AND following my blog.You have some veryi nteresting themes going.

  17. Joyce says:

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.
    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.
    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂
    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Dear Joyce. I would be happy to do an interview and have sent you an email requesting more detail. Kind regards, Ali Dunnell

  18. It’s nice to meet you. You’ve made some splendid works of art.

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thank you so much Robert and good to meet you too 🙂

  19. You art is so fresh and interesting! It’s easy to see that you work at your craft, and you have talent. Thanks for following Oh, the Places We See. We, too, love looking at the world and its people in various settings and ways. Best wishes to you for finding even more inspiration this coming year.

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Ali 🙂

      1. Lisa Williams says:

        Ali, please contact me urgently about image permission you did for IWD 2014 in the Cook islands, a mothers day pic of church. would love to hear from you. love your work.

        1. Ali Dunnell says:

          Hi Lisa. Thanks for the positive feedback. Can I ask what you would be using the Mother’s Day in the Cook Islands picture for. If you credit the picture to Ali Dunnell – Travels with my Art and put a link to my blog I am sure it will be fine for you to use it. Ali

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