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Derek WicksDerek C. Wicks   AFC (AFC) Derek Wicks
Detailed painter of the wonders of nature.
 
"The creative process has always been a driving force in me. My creative side began with plastic model kits as a young child and developed into a full blown addiction to painting and drawing in my teen years. Growing up in the Children’s Aid Society meant moving from home to home constantly making it hard to develop relationships with people, that is when I discovered nature. No matter what foster home I moved to there was always woods, parks, birds, squirrels…. the natural world. Sketch book in hand I would disappear into the parks and forests to catch a glimpse of nature and wildlife recording what I saw. A true love affair was born, art dominated my life. My obsession with art blossomed in high school were I found that my talent equaled attention from art teachers. Again moving constantly made it hard to develop connections with teachers, but there was always the connection with art. College opened up new worlds of trial and error for me. I was exposed to new ideas and techniques, some helpful, others not so much. Once again the attention I received and the praise from instructors only fueled my devotion and desire to perfect my craft. In 1993 I graduated from Sheridan College with a diploma in Technical & Scientific Illustration and won the Artistic Excellence Award. After graduation, my career led me to free-lance illustration where I specialized in architectural rendering. Attention to detail became my commercial trademark, a trademark that would find its way into my nature art and define its direction. In 1996 young and inexperienced in the art world I found my first art distributor, Shabban Serra Ltd and plunged into the fine art world full time. Shaban Serra offered a guiding light and helping hand in a world I new nothing about. Over the years with the help of distributors, agents and publishers I have been able to live the art dream I always wanted, a dream not possible without everyones help.
Since then my art career has been a wonderful ride of ups and downs, but always interesting and always ending up fruitful. I have had the opportunity to work with such organizations as WREATH, Children’s Wish, Ducks Unlimited, Canadian Conservation Fund, Timber Wolf Alliance and the Royal Canadian Mint. One of the greatest thrills of my life was designing the 2016 Olympic ‘Lucky Loonie’ currency circulation coin for the games in Rio. To be part of the team that created an actual Canadian dollar coin for the country I owe so much to was a huge honour! Today I enjoy the roller coster ride of professional artist and look forward to the new experiences I see and live, then capturing them in time with my paintings." Derek's full bio can be found at www.derekwicks.com

 
Support for Conservation:
Royal Canadian Mint
Timber Wolf Alliance
Ducks Unlimited International
Canadian Conservation Fund
Artist For Conservation
Wildlife Habitat Canada
 
Special Achievements:
  • 2016 - Canadian Lucky Loonie Dollar Coin
    http://derekwicks.com/coins.html
    Designer of the 2016 $1 circulation currency coin for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
     
  • 2014 - Royal Canadian Mint Coin
    http://mint.ca
    Designed several coins for the Royal Canadian Mint.
     
  • 2011 - Ducks Unlimited Canadian National Artist Of The Year

     
  • 2007 - Ducks Unlimited Canadian National Artist Of The Year

     
Publications:
  • 60 Masters of Wildlife Art (2004)
    One of the 60 artist featured in this book. - 
    Author: Joan Muyskens Pursley
    Published by: Portfolio Press
     

 

 
 
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