Chris Furse has led an amazingly varied and enriched life. Furse spent his early career working as a Royal Navy Dagger Marine Engineer Officer and Commander, OBE RN. “I served in a dozen ships, and ashore, teaching post-graduates. The fourth generation of Furse to become a painter, he has always held an interest in Ornithology. His time in the Navy served to intensify his interest in birds and so he subsequently went on to publish his work, illustrating his own and other people’s books and articles. His work in the field of ornithology has led to many expeditions exploring the islands in Antarctica. He has worked as a lecturer of Ornithology for the Royal Geographical Society; Scott Polar Research Institute; Alpine Club, and more recently on board polar expedition ships.