Bruce Pearson - painter and printmaker An Artist in the Natural World
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I'm lucky enough to be heading south again this year with One Ocean Expeditions, on two back-to-back trips.  

The first is Antarctica - Off The Beaten Track (8th - 20th November 2016 ) and I'll be the naturalist on board.

The second is Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica (20th November - 8th December 2016) and I'll be artist in residence.

Visit One Ocean Expeditions for more information about joining Dick Filby, myself and a crew of fellow enthusiasts and birdwatchers on the trip of a lifetime!              

All website text and images © Bruce Pearson 2016

Signed copies of Troubled Waters available

(Top)  Sketching Weddel seals in Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia  (Middle) Painting in rough seas as we sailed along the north coast of South Georgia  (Bottom) Sketching light-mantled sooty albatrosses, South Georgia

As an artist fascinated by wildlife I work as often as the opportunities arise out in the wild where the rhythm and restlessness of wildlife and elemental landscapes - and sometimes people as well - interact and overlap creating powerful images and dramatic themes about the natural world and our relationship to it.   

Drawing king penguins and elephant seals on the beach at Gold Harbour, South Georgia.

The starting point has to be the field experience as pure observation is the raw material - perhaps a few small sketches, a larger more considered drawing, or an ambitious painting which one hopes distils something of the day’s experience. A work straight from the field can sometimes be framed and exhibited as it is; what’s left is taken back to the studio to be viewed in a new light and the snatched ideas worked through in different mediums - relief printing, mono and screen printing, or oil painting.

This site sets out to convey a feeling for some of those field experiences and to show a range of creative processes and some of the atmosphere of an artist’s studio.  The site also shows some of the outcomes - pieces of finished work, work in progress, or some of the exhibitions and other events where paintings and prints are shown.

Over a period of almost 40 years working as an artist I have travelled widely in search of  subjects from the Arctic and Antarctica, to Africa, much of Europe, and the Americas.   However, these days I’m spending much more time these in the studio - for a while it was at St. Barnabas Press in Cambridge but since early 2016 it has been in a beautiful hideaway in the city where I am able to work through the creative debris accumulated over years travelling to wild places.