Bruce Pearson - painter and printmaker An Artist in the Natural World
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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.   

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.

All website text and images © Bruce Pearson 2016

(Top)  Working at night painting storm petrels arriving at their nest sites, Priest Island, Western Isles  (Middle) Working in Senegal,  (Bottom) Out and about , Western Isles Northumberland - painting on the shore with Farne Islands beyond. (Phot: Rob Jordan)

Antarctica - Off The Beaten Track

8th - 20th November 2016  

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

20th Nov - December 2016

I'm sailing again this year with One Ocean Expeditions on the Akademik Ioffe - on the first trip as a Naturalist and as Artist in Residence for the second.

Visit One Ocean Expeditions for more information about joining me and fellow enthusiasts on the trip of a lifetime!              

New Networks for Nature 2016

22nd - 24th September 2016

NNN is a broad alliance of creators - poets, authors, scientists, film makers, visual artists, environmentalists, musicians and composers - whose work draws strongly on the natural environment.

This year I am contributing; firstly, by giving a Drawn to Nature workshop on Saturday 11.30 - 13.00; and secondly, by taking part as one of the presenters in the final session on the theme of Hope.

There are  still places for all elements of the conference.  For more information see New Networks for Nature website.

The workshop is an introduction to observational drawing and ideas about exploring nature by learning to see more creatively and responding more spontaneously.  Working from museum specimens we will work on the character of lines and tones, negative spaces, and all kinds of mark-making from loose and gestural to controlled and neat.


Drawn to Nature

Saturday 4th September 11.30 - 13.00,

For more information about the conference, to book attendance at a session or to participate in one of the workshops, visit


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