Here are the pictures of myself presenting a donation of 63 of my original oil paintings and a special painting to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the 13 th of September 2016 at the Thai Red Cross Bangkok.
Derek was born in
He was born to a well off family who had a business of paper making .
He was educated in private schools and when he was 13 he was sent to Aldenham a top public school. He was always interested in art and took extra classes and won first and second prizes at the age of 15…. in art but he never went to an art school.
When he left school at the age of 18 he wanted to go to drama school or art college but his mother and father insisted that he went into the family business of paper making.
He never liked the office business and at night trained as an actor and always painted.
The company sent him to the factory which he liked as it was creating something……however at night time he was doing cabaret work as a comedy magic act.
Eventually in 1978 at the age of fourty he left the business and went full time as an entertainer although he had been a semi professional for almost 15 years before. During this time Derek was always interested in painting as it seemed to be natural to him.
He was very successful at
this and played almost every Theater in the
He played the evil witch in a
fantasy show in the west end of
He also received a Variety club award ….a great honor and won the Ivy leaf trophy for the best act .
Derek as the Evil Witch
He came to Thailand in 1988 and lived on the Island of Phuket for 6 years where he started painting seriously …as he says “there is so much feeling in Thailand!!”
He was still doing magic
shows in the hotels and eventually came to
Again during this time he was painting .
In 2017 he had a solo exhibition at The |Midnice Gallery in \Bangkog for one month with 50 paintings.
He now is a full time
Professional Artist in
He has donated more than 150 of his earlier works to many charities in Thailand.