Derek was born in Sheffield and trained at Sheffield college of art from 1954 to 1958.
He worked in greeting card design then moved into advertising, involving television commercials, film, animation and direction of photography.
Derek moved to Scotland in 1967 where he worked as a newspaper artist. He launched out into freelance work in 1980 and now specialises in watercolours, acrylics, illustrations and calligraphy.
Derek's hobbies include hill walking, outdoor sketching and playing the saxaphone and clarinet.