Derek McCrea

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Biography of Derek McCrea
Derek McCrea is a US Army Infantry Combat Soldier with two tours in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division, and this is his stress relief. He has always loved to paint; it allows him to express emotions on paper and relax. Derek paints in a whimsical impressionistic style in plein air settings. He was born in Albany, Georgia on February 19, 1969. He presently resides with his wife, Sheila, of 20 years and his two sons. He first started painting with oils in the summer of 1984. From 1985 to 1986 he painted under the instruction of Jimmy Peterson, a well known artist from Georgia. In 1986 he won 1st place in the Georgia Arts Exhibition. Derek joined the United States Army in 1987 and continued self study and painting on landscape subjects in France, Holland, Germany, Italy and Hungary, painting in the plein air style. He has completed over 20 commissions in the past year. His works were most recently placed in the Shoppes on Madison in historic Douglas GA, and at Artsy's on the River Street in historic Savannah Georgia. Derek has donated several artworks to non-profit and charitable organizations in the past: February 2007 to Christian Mission Hospital for HIV children run by Joyce Meyer Ministries in India, silent auction for a baby with PWS syndrome October 25, 2008, and the Annual Benefit on OCT 17, 2008 with Rescue Ink out of NYC.

Derek is a member of the following societies:


Southern Rivers Guild, GA
North Carolina Watercolor Society
Fayetteville Arts Council
Plein Air Florida - Space Coast Plein Air Painters
Plein Air Georgia

Derek has won the following awards - recognition

2 works selected for poster for Major Nationwide Art Colleges to join Artistful - OCT 08
Represented Artist - Pet Fashion Show - NYC

OCT 08
"Magnolia" selected for 2008 Moonlight and Magnolias Ball
"Water Lily" selected for Water Lily Shop design shop 2008
Winner for 1st Issue Cover Art, Art Space, 2008
The Gallery Grand Champion 2007, No. 1 Artist Online
Digital Consciousness Digital Color Artist of the Month OCT 2007
Digital Bits Artist of the Month AUG 07
1st Place GA Arts Exhibition - 1985
Artist of the Week in August 2001 for Art Gallery Online

Past Exhibits Include:

New York in Columbus GA Christmas Gala Dec 2008
Veteran's Park Art Show Dec 2008, Florida
NYC Pet Fashion Show OCT 2008
Chateau Elan Vineyard OCT 2002
South GA Art Fair 2001
North Carolina First Fridays 1998-2001
Numerous GA exhibits 1984-1987

© All of the images on this website are copyrighted original artworks by their author and are protected by international copyright law. No materials in this gallery may be reproduced, copied, downloaded, or used in any form without written permission of the contemporary artist Derek McCrea.
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