Derek was born in Michigan, but has moved all over the east coast through the years. He attended The Art Institute of Boston and graduated with a BFA. He loved Boston so much he decided to stay and make it his new home. Derek is heavily influenced by comic books, graffiti, and classical art. He is an avid painter, using watercolor predominantly, but loves to use acrylic as well as oil from time to time.
Derek's style gears more towards a Neo-traditional feel, but he loves traditional Americana, as well as realism and new age.