Interview: Watercolour artist David Bellamy on exploring the Arctic’s beautiful landscapes

Feb 21, 2018

Author and watercolour artist David Bellamy (below) shares on his love for nature, most frightful moments on the ice and tips for any Arctic expedition.

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David Bellamy often finds himself in all sorts of predicaments when seeking an elusive sketch. Despite tripping over a crocodile in Kenya and tumbling down a cliff, nothing seems to stop this 74-year-old from being in the great outdoors.

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Growing up in the West Wales countryside, he cultivated a love for nature, with a keen fascination for its moods in wild places. Seeing the raw landscapes of Iceland motivated him to venture further north, into the Arctic. After a dog-sledging trip to East Greenland, his hunger to explore more paint-worthy landscapes drew him back another seven times – backpacking across mountains on foot, sailing up the Svalbard coast in a 49-foot boat and cruising in a Zodiac up an 81km fjord. Each visit exposed him to more facets of the Arctic’s natural charm, such as the moulins at Greenland’s ice cap.

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His book, David Bellamy’s Arctic Light, includes his most fearful moments, such as when the glacier beneath him broke up while he was sketching a natural ice bridge.