Derek paints in a whimsical impressionistic style. He has recently completed a series of barns, lighthouses, flower and plein air landscapes in watercolor, oil and acrylic. He also has galleries devoted to his pen and ink renderings. His newest endeavors have been New England slate and mailbox paintings. He has completed art on very old six pane windows with weathered frames; a series of 6 lighthouses. Derek framed all of his paintings found in the Framed Gallery with cherry, cyprus and pine wood. Derek was born in Albany, Georgia on February 19, 1969. He presently resides with his wife, Sheila, of 15 years and his two sons, in Ludowici, GA. He first started painting with oils in the summer of 1984. From 1985 to 1986 he painted under the instruction of Jimmy Peterson, a well known artist from Georgia. In 1986 he won 1st place in the Georgia Arts Exhibition. Derek joined the United States Army in 1987 and continued self study and painting on landscape subjects in France, Holland, Germany, Italy and Hungary, painting in the plein air style. He only recently picked up the watercolor medium when his wife bought him a watercolor set on his 32nd birthday. He fell in love with the effects and quick drying time for watercolors. Derek uses only the finest Winsor and Newton paint and Arches and Strathmore watercolor paper for all his works. Derek's works can be found in over 75 locations worldwide. These locations include galleries in North Carolina, Georgia, Spain, France and Austria, frame and arts and craft shops in the Southeastern United States and numerous online galleries. He is presently participating in several art competitions in North Carolina, Georgia and on the world wide web. He won the artist of the week in August for Art Gallery Online while competing against 11 other artists. His work has recently been accepted to galleries in France, Spain and across the United States and can be found in galleries and arts and crafts store throughout the south eastern United States. He will continue to paint with watercolors, oils, acrylic and pen and ink and make changes to this site.