“Northern Lands, Northern Settlers”  Claire Flinn.  July 2017

Building on his previous exhibitions based on a coastal theme, Derek has developed his visual vocabulary relating to colour, light and change.  His latest body of work reflect the influence of the coast of his native west of Scotland, the rugged beauty of Anglesey and the “scapes” of the Dee Estuary.

The work is bold in colour and interpretation yet complemented by the sensitivity to the fleeting change of light and form.  The resulting paintings give a strong impression of the subject rather than a direct representation, which adds to the study and understanding of the subject for painter and viewer.