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Welcome......

............to a site where I aim to convey a feeling for some of the studio processes and field experiences of an artist who takes wildlife and landscape as his main starting points.

Fascinated by wildlife and habitats I work as often as the opportunities arise out in the wild looking for the rhythm and restlessness among wildlife subjects and in elemental landscapes. 

Sometimes the focus includes people when they interact and overlap with species and habitats creating powerful images and dramatic themes about the natural world and our relationship to it.

Also on this site are some of the creative outcomes - pieces of finished work, work in progress, or exhibitions and other events where my paintings and prints are shown.

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

Over a period 45 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 spend a lot of time in my studio working through the creative debris accumulated over years travelling to wild places.  It is exciting trying to make something new out of old ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 All text & images  © Bruce Pearson 2020

 

Winter 2020

The Ouse Washes

Cambridgeshire, UK

The Ouse Washes at Sutton GaultThe Ouse Washes at Sutton Gault

Last year we had one of the wettest September and October periods on record leaving the ground saturated in many parts of the UK, and flooding badly affecting the Midlands and South Yorkshire.  Near to me in Cambridgeshire the Ouse Washes were deluged and the floodplain filled from bank to bank by winter rains.  

 

The Ouse Washes, about a 1km across and stretching for over 32km from Earith at the southern end to the sluice at Denver near Downham Market, is a very distinctive landscape and forms the largest area of washland in the UK.  Washlands are a floodplain during the winter and grazed during the drier summer months. 

The Ouse Washes are entirely man-made created 360 years ago to retain winter flood water and prevent flooding of the valuable surrounding farmland.  They are a 17th century master-piece of drainage engineering and are still of strategic importance and vital for flood protection of the Cambridgeshire Fens.

Flood conditions are variable. In a typical year, the main winter floods come in late November or early December and leave the washes under a deep bank-to-bank flood along their entire length until March.  This provides ideal conditions for many thousands of wildfowl, including whooper swans from Iceland.  The floodwaters drain off gradually providing great expanses of wet grasslands during the summer months ideal for many wading birds.  The Ouse Washes have become a site of international wildlife conservation importance.

 


 

These sketches and drawings are made using kit all carried in a small 'bumbag'.  It can be instantly grabbed and taken anywhere - I don't travel without it!

The piece of green canvas allows everything to be tipped out quickly without bits and pieces falling and being lost among stones or long grass, or tumbling into puddles or disappearing into sand.