Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Derick Crenshaw moved to
Wilmington, NC, in 1984, and considers the coast his home. Committed to his art
as soon as he could hold a pencil, Derick had his exhibition debut as early as
the 5th Grade. At the age of 17, he was invited to show at the prestigious
Piedmont Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. At 19, Derick was featured in a
one-man exhibit at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
He was educated in Advertising Design and earned the title
of Master Pictorial Artist. His illustration career and success spans over
twenty years, earning numerous regional and national awards, including
"Best in Show" in regional Addy Award Competition and
"Gold" in the national Addy Awards. After completing a number of
commissioned portraits and paintings, Derick left the world of advertising
illustration to paint his magic for the world.
Derick worked as a
Scenic Artist for DEG Film Studios and was a member of the Cape Fear Filmmakers’
Accord. He has shown successfully in juried shows in the southeast. His work
hangs in many private and corporate collections.
Derick now paints a variety of subjects, but favors human
form and figure in a natural setting-what he refers to as "peopled
landscapes." He considers his style of painting to be "contemporary
realism." Derick has a way of catching a moment in the lives of his
subjects, revealing the character of people as they go about their daily lives.