Derek was born in Saskatoon Saskatchewan in the winter of 1980. He attended the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary and graduated in 2004.

Derek has been fortunate enough to be able to live by his skills as a painter. In addition to being a fine-artist he also works as a scenic artist and painter for the theatre and cinema. He has worked on major international productions for Broadway, Ex Machina, The Cirque Du Soleil, Universal Pictures and Relativity Media.

Derek has been painting and drawing for as long as he can remember. His subjects have almost always been figurative, with a special focus on the portraits of women. His work could be defined as expressionistic realism, with varying degrees of either abstraction or realism.