About Painting

Derek only found time to start painting once he finally retired in his early 70′s.  Although he had painted at art college may years before, the pressures of every day family life never allowed time to pursue this pleasure.

In 2008 he was asked to create a series of paintings of the Newport Wetlands near his home village in South Wales.  This prompted a flurry of painting in a short time of the flora and forna of the wetlands area where he spent his childhood.

Goldcliff Fishery

A scene of Goldcliff fishery showing the ranks of traditional wicker putchers used to catch salmon in the river and Wyndham Howells who used to make the putchers and manage the fisheries.  Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink.  June 2009.

Harbour IV

Unfinished.  Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink.  September 2009.

Harbour III

The last complete painting.  Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink.  September 2009.

Harbour I

Boats in harbour. Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink.  2009.

Harbour II

Harbour Boats.  Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink.  2009.

Reedbeds

Saltmarsh reedbeds. Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink.  2009.

Life on the Saltmarsh

Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with pen 2009.

Sea Wall

The protective sea wall,  protecting the coast line and saltmarsh of the Severn.  Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink  2009.

The Fishings

Rows of wicker putchers in ranks across into the sea to catch Salmon. Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas  2009.

Family Outing

Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas  2009.

Into the Severn

Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink  2009.

No Place to Hide

Ducks frightened out of hiding from the saltmarsh. Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink 2009.

Water Symmetry

Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink 2009.

The Lighthouse

A Severn estuaty lighthouse, near Newport, Gwent. Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink 2009.

Saltmarsh Swans

Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink  2009.

Flypast

Birds in flight. Part of a series depicting the wetlands flora and forna around the Severn Estuary, near Nash, Newport.  Oil on canvas with ink  2009.