Your Staff for the Sketchy Art and Culture Tours.
Chaucer is an artist, traveler, skier, and rider of mountain bikes. He has been to Europe many times, to France on most of these trips. Married to Beth Pfaff, he provides tour planning, logistics and art sketchbook instruction including information on materials and process. A French wine enthusiast. He has filled dozens of travel notebooks with drawings, paintings and notes. You can find his recommendations for art materials in the Sketchy Tours blog and purchase them directly from the gift shop. Chaucer has a degree in fine art, a Master’s Degree in Cultural Services of Art Education and extensive experience in Project Management. In addition to being an artist he is also an art consultant, collector, and online art retailer.
Beth Pfaff is married to Chaucer Silverson. She is the Department Chair in Art at Bozeman High School where she has taught ceramics, painting, sculpture, humanities, and art fundamentals for 17 years. Beth has experience leading tours with high school students to urban centers in the United States as well as tours in Europe including Italy, France, and Greece. Beth has traveled and studied in Asia and has a deep love of Japanese culture. Beth has a degree in Liberal Arts with minors in Asian Studies and Studio Art. She has a teaching major in Art with a minor in History and has a M.Ed. in Literacy. Beth loves France and will be your amateur historian for all things Medieval. “I look forward to exploring this rich cultural region with you”.
Marianne was born in Southern California to French parents. Traveling as a family was at the top of the list of Filloux priorities. Vacations were spent in La Creuse, Provence and Mexico. Favorite moments were spent exploring Romanesque Churches, Modern Museums, climbing Mayan pyramids and building elaborate sand castles. Her mother who was educated at les Beaux Arts in Paris immersed Marianne in the world of art. Marianne pursued a BA in Fine Arts at UC Davis, an MFA at Montana State University in Painting and Printmaking and received her certification in K- 12 Art education. Over a long career in teaching Marianne has taught art making to students from 3 years to 93 years. One of her most loved possessions is 2-shelves-worth of sketchbooks.