Derek McCrea

Derek McCrea

Derek McCrea is visual artist and a retired US Army Infantry Soldier. 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 22 years and his two sons. He first started painting with oils in the summer of 1982. From 1982 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 art can be found in galleries throughout the Southeastern United States and in private collections worldwide. He has consistently donated several works every year to charities and loves to give back to the community for a good cause. His works are published in over 50 international publications and he has received numerous awards and honors for his work.


Artists Statement
"Art adds a balance to my life. I am compelled by nature to emulate it's beauty through creation. When I am at my easel nothing else matters except the moment when I escape into the painting. When a work is going well I am filled with a sense of peace and I naturally apply with brush strokes to a magnificent completion."

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Echinacea cone flowers wildflowers botanical watercolor painting pink green and dark black still life flower wildflower art print.

Japanese cherry blossum flowers oriental asian art watercolor painting still life botanical flower artwork print.

Bradenton Beach Anna Maria Island Florida gulf coast watercolor coastal art painting print of seascapes, sand dunes, and summer vacation fun.

Derek McCrea has uploaded daisies

Daisies flower still life blue and white watercolor botanical painting art print.

Red spider lily flower realistic watercolor botanical still life painting art print. Pretty romantic artwork.

China tea set still life oil painting realistic historical american history culture.

Derek McCrea has uploaded Daisy

Daisy flower watercolor still life solf delicate pretty romantic floral botanical painting art print yellow and white.

Derek McCrea has uploaded waves

Beach blue waves turquoise watercolor seascape coastal art painting

Surf at your own risk acrylic square colorful beach nautical art seascape decor painting.

Old country log cabin folk art traditional historic architecture watercolor painting pen and ink drawing contemporary print colors include brown black and white.

Brunswick Harbor Georgia shrimp boat marine coastal artwork watercolor painting seascape coast nautical art.

Derek McCrea has uploaded mallard duck

Mallard duck wildlife animal country bird watercolor painting pen and ink drawing art print, brown black and gray realistic artwork.

Coastal Georgia landscape seascape saltwater nautical art watercolor painting with strong warm colors including navy blue, maroon, and yellow orange ochre.

Derek McCrea has uploaded sea turtle

Sea turtle square watercolor painting whimsical colors aqua blue and brown seascape beach nautical art decor.

Derek McCrea has uploaded Sailboats

Sailboats watercolor painting beach nautical art boat paintings and prints.

Derek McCrea has uploaded Shrimp Boat

Coastal Georgia shrimp boat watercolor painting pen and ink drawing illustration seascape landscape coastal marine nautical art blue black and white vintage colors.

Sailing at night black, white, sepia, red, and blue watercolor painting mixed media pen and ink drawing illustration nautical art print beach coastal seascape landscape scene.

Derek McCrea has uploaded The Barn

Barn watercolor painting pen and ink drawing country American folk art mixed media black and white southern artwork.

Modern abstract surreal art blue and black butterfly watercolor painting mixed media digital art print of butterflies wildlife animals.

Red and white old vintage antique truck watercolor painting pen and ink drawing historical American culture art print.