Building on a comprehensive collection of studies based on the local coast and around Anglesey, Derek has developed a visual vocabulary relating to colour, light and change.
The results give a strong impression of the subject rather than a direct representation, but still capture a sense of space and structure, creating in turn, a visual theatre for the mind.
The latest work on show has a focus on the Marine Lake in West Kirby using predominantly acrylic and is the culmination of a year-long study. This shift in media (usually oils on canvas) is a deliberate move in order to accommodate a more liberated response to the subject. The immediacy afforded by acrylics allowing for a rapid yet open interrogation and response.