Derek Melville

Derek was born in Belfast in 1963. He graduated from Queen's University with an honours degree in education. He is married with a young son and daughter.
Primarily a self-taught painter, Dereks principal medium is oil. Through this medium he explores the potential to portray his perception of environments, such as mountains, boglands, coasts and rural pathways. He is intrinsically drawn to scenes that connect with and represent the timeless beauty of the natural landscape. His facintation with still life continues, the focus rarely being on individual objects but instead on the coherence and relationship between them. Using colour, line and space he plays with the mood of the painting, creating an atmosphere of calm or drama.