“I have a total of seven of Derek’s paintings displayed throughout my house, two of which were commissioned paintings and two of which have been on the covers of magazines. Regarding the two commissioned paintings, Derek was very patient in understanding my vision of what I was trying to capture in each painting. Derek listened intently, asked probing questions, and was able to take my “stick figure representations” (yes, literally) and turn them into beautiful works of art. Derek accomplished this by producing a number of drawings of each proposed painting, we came to agreement on the content of each painting, and then Derek worked his magic. Derek did a great job of periodically sharing pictures of his progress on each painting.
My favorite commissioned painting was of my two sons catching large, beautiful trout on the Missouri River and the Madison River. It was through numerous conversations that Derek came up with the idea of having a neutral setting in between the two boys that allowed for the painting to actually be two physically separate paintings that were connected together. So for now, I am the proud owner of one large painting of my two sons holding up fish in a driftboat. At some point, as each boy grows up, we can separate that painting so that each boy can have his own painting. Brilliant! Derek’s use of vibrant colors truly captures the experience of pulling a beautiful trout out of the water. At this point, my only constraint in owning more of Derek’s paintings is having suitable wall space to display such beautiful works of arts. Oh, and did I mention that he is a hoot to fish with?” – Tom, Alton, Illinois
“Derek, I don’t know what to say – it’s beyond beautiful… I’ve just been sitting in my living room looking at all 3 panels and I can’t pick one of them as my favorite – they each have a “favorite” component. I love the jaguar in the last panel. The pirahanas – they are almost my favorite, even over the peacock bass. They are so “alive” – REALLY!
You can see the water movement in how you painted them!!! I love the hammocks, the amazonian guide, and the sky in the evening and night scene. It really is quite incredible …
- Anna, Little Rock, AR
“I have been in the fishing industry since 1990 and have seen many different outdoor artists along the way. Most of these were the typical “fish swimming on canvas”; none of which I was interested in displaying in my own home. This all changed when I first met Derek at The Fly Fishing show in Somerset, NJ in 2006. Derek had a booth behind ours and the word around the show was that his paintings were amazing and inspiring. I walked over to his booth and at first glance I could tell that not only was Derek a true artist but that he lived in his paintings. They brought to life my feelings about the sport that I love so much. His art is mesmerizing! I am proud to have Derek’s art in my own home and it will always have a home in the TCO stores as well.”
- Tony, Reading, Pennsylvania
“We received the 4 in 1 – Lilypads painting yesterday…..David was super surprised. We were both utterly overwhelmed by how beautiful the painting was. We spent literally all evening admiring it while listening to groovy music (David is a vinyl junky and fly fishing fanatic) and drinking yummy dark Maine-made beer out of our new pilsner glasses. We will cherish your masterpiece forever, Derek.” – Lora, Maine
“I used to think that Derek was an extremely talented artist. Then we went fishing. Now I’m not sure whether he’s an angler with a brush or an artist with a fly rod. Either way, there are not many people in the world able to combine the two geniuses as well as he does. Even my non-fishing friends (there are a few) are captivated by his work.
When we finished our home in Montana, looking at the fireplace, it did not take one second before my wife and I thought, “this place needs a DeYoung” We later met Derek and Janell at an event in San Francisco where we talked about what we wanted. Derek then “saw” a vision that is now turning into the centerpiece of our home.
There are a lot of people who love to fish, and many others who can translate visions onto canvas; but there is no one who can combine the two like Derek DeYoung.”
- Jim, San Francisco
“I first saw Derek’s work while walking into the Trout Hunter Bar in Idaho a few summers ago. I was immediately struck by his use of colour and the unique composition of his paintings. There were a number of pieces in there at the time but the 4in1 really caught my eye and guaranteed that at some stage, I would be getting one for my FlyShop down here in Australia.
Two years passed and I finally contacted Derek to purchase one of the pieces that he had listed on his site. I was so impressed when it arrived that I immediately ordered another one to commemorate a fly pattern that was developed by one of the guides that works here. A few months later while fishing in Montana, I stopped by Derek’s studio to check out the custom painting (Abstract Brown – KnobbyX) before it was shipped to me, only to see yet another one that I loved (Drive-In Hatch). Add to this a ‘Trout Confetti’ (#5) and a 4in1 to come next January and I have what I consider to be a nice collection of Derek’s work.
To me Derek’s paintings represent a new way of visualising a subject that we all know so well. Artworks based around a fly fishing theme have been around for a long time and it is seldom that you see something that breaks with conventional wisdom as much as Derek’s work. So many of the artists that depict trout strive for precise, life-like representations of their subjects; almost like they were producing a taxonomist’s hand guide. Derek’s work jumps off the canvas and assaults your senses with vibrant colours and a fresh point of view.
Derek is very relaxed by nature but is thoroughly professional when it comes to his work. He is a great communicator, answering emails promptly and sending status updates as a painting progresses. Also worth mentioning is that he somehow managed to keep to the timelines he gave me during the consultation period of the process. Something most artists struggle with. ‘Bare footed but on time’ is how I would choose to describe him.
My only criticism of Derek would be a tiny slight on his personal character. He has far too many streamers in his fly collection with too few dry flies. I don’t think you can ever completely trust a guy like that.”
- Antony, Goulburn River, Thornton, Australia
“Came home today to find my print had arrived in the mail and immediately went to work to hang it. Could not be happier with how it turned out!”
- Kevin, Michigan (via Facebook)
“We love our new stuff!! Thank you sooo much! It brightens up our little Cody place. You two are great!! (Steve is happy guy)”
-Glen, Cody, Wyoming
“Thank you so much for the update on Kevin’s canvas. He is so excited to have one of Derek’s pieces. Not sure he knows yet, but I have a wall in the house to prominently display the canvas, and it is not in his room! We also want to extend our thanks to you and Derek for taking the time to walk us through your beautiful home and gallery. What an honor to see Derek’s work and get to know the artist creating such beautiful pieces. It was also our pleasure to meet you (the staff that keeps the business running) and your four legged family. Best Regards,” -Colleen, Michigan
“Thanks so much for the prompt shipment! I highly anticipate the arrival of my package. I think the limited edition case is going to be a fantastic conversation piece. I feel lucky – I was somewhat reluctant to pay the $9.00 price tag for the most recent issue of FlyFusion (in a small airpoirt). That was of course until I read about Derek’s signed and numbered cases. Had I known I would discover something so fantastic, I would have gladly paid more for the magazine! Now do I put a screen protector of the cover?” – Adam, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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