Summer 2019 will welcome internationally renowned professional artists, ornithologists and polar specialists on board One Ocean Expeditions 9-night Spitsbergen Encounter voyage. Artist and field naturalist, Bruce Pearson; ornithology specialist Dick Filby and polar conservationist Denise Landau will share their expertise with guests on the small ship cruise, enabling passengers to learn more about the extraordinary Spitsbergen archipelago, the region’s bird life and how better to capture their travel memories through art.
Ornithologist and avid birder Dick Filby has led worldwide wildlife watching tours since 1989 and after founding UK based Rare Bird Alert, is regarded as a prominent bird expert. Dick’s dedication and extensive knowledge of international birdlife is contagious, making his on board and on shore conversations a trip highlight for many.
Powered by her passion for the Polar Regions, Denise Landau, joining OOE as a guide and naturalist, has worked in ‘polar’ for over 25 years, gaining an incredible knowledge of birds, marine mammals, geopolitics and conservation. How many people worldwide have a glacier named after them? Denise has! In recognition of her time implementing conservation policies worldwide, she was awarded a glacier named in her honour by the US Government, the ‘Landau-Glacier’ in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Bruce Pearson has worked for almost 40 years as an artist on a range of subjects and themes, including the Arctic, Antarctica, the Caribbean and South America. His paintings and prints have been widely exhibited in the UK and overseas in group and solo exhibitions; he has won awards for his work and has illustrated and authored a number of wildlife and art-focused books. Whilst sailing around impressive glaciers and stunning fjords of the remote Svalbard archipelago, Bruce will share his great passion for art and the Polar Regions through on board workshops, field drawing and presentations, as well as personal guidance.
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist, travel writer and author of 11 books. My byline appears in national and regional newspapers and magazines. Website gillypickup.co.uk