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.
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.