Derek grew up in Glasgow Scotland, surrounded by the beauty and inspiration of the ocean, and miles of untouched landscape. It was at a very early age with his introduction to nature that he realized drawing & painting would be a major part of his life.
In years to follow, Derek began sketching anything from sport figures to the magnificent influence of nature. Articulating his ideas clarified his direction and led him to devote increasing
attention and energy to develop his own unique works.
"I very quickly learned that the power of design with large shapes and simple forms achieve a unified composition of landscape imagery with an abstract stucture"
Derek honed his technique learning from teachers of the Visual Arts at the gallery On the Lake Buckhorn, and Sprinkbank Art Centre in Mississauga. Derek is also known to frequent many upscale galleries such as The Art Gallery of Glasgow Scotland, and The Art Gallery of Ontario.
"Light, colour, and shadows often used as composition to provide shape all add up to-create 'the mood' in my paintings. Which I firmly believe will bring the same satisfaction to the viewer as it does to yours truly"
In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, public shows and commercial galleries, Derek also participates in selected Fine Art festivals throughout Ontario. His work is included in collections, both public and private throughout Canada and abroad. You can catch up with Derek in his personal studio gallery in Grand Bend.