Derek discovered the enchanting world of art and nature at the young age of six. Through a junior artist's kit and the encouragement of his family, Derek developed his artistic talents to become a wildlife artist. "Even as a child I would paint pictures of nature I saw in National Geographic. From day one I have always known I wanted to be a wildlife artist!"
Derek attended Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology in Oakville, Ontario and graduated at the top of his class from the Technical & Scientific Illustration Program, with an award for Artistic Excellence. After graduation, his career led him to free-lance illustration where he specialized in architectural rendering. Attention to detail became Derek's commercial trademark, a trademark that would find it's way into his wildlife art.
Gaining international recognition, Derek's transition to full time wildlife artist came about in 1995. Through the years Derek's work has been selected to endorse several conservation efforts such as the Canadian Conservation Fund, Timber Wolf Alliance, Ducks Unlimited and the Children's Wish Foundation. Derek's work has been published in several major art publications including "Wildlife Art: 60 Contemporary Masters and Their Work" from Portfolio Press. More recently Ducks Unlimited named Derek their 2011 Canadian National Artist Of the Year. This is the second time Derek has been selected for this honor, the first coming in 2007. His award-winning work has captured international attention and is included today in private, corporate and public collections worldwide. Derek's full bio can be found at www.derekwicks.com.