Derek c. wicks - stop g
164 Moonstone Rd. E. / Tel: (705) 835-5480
Artists Website: www.derekwicks.com / www.dcw-art-academy
GPS: N 44° 39.185 - W 79° 40.263
GPS Decimal (Google)44.65308, -79.67104
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 becoming 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 nature 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 is a avid supporter of conservation groups and efforts and a signature member of Artist For Conservation. In both 2007 and 2011 Derek was named the National Artist Of the Year by Ducks Unlimited and The 2012 Artist Of the Year by Oro-Medonte Chamber of Commerce. In the summer of 2012 Derek traveled with WREAF, a group sponsored by the National Museum of History in the Smithsonian to Alaska as a field painting reference trip for a show scheduled in the Museum in 2016-17.