About The Artist
A Saskatchewan artist, Derek shares a unique vision of horizons, fields and magnificent skies on his canvases. After travelling in Europe Derek decided a lifelong interest in art and design could be fulfilled through artistic study at the Alberta College of Art (ACAD) in Calgary, Alberta. It was during his 4 years at ACAD in the Jewelry and Design program that he found his focus, a personal philosophy and an enthusiasm for jewelry creation both traditional and artistic.
Graduating from ACAD in 1978 Derek apprenticed with a number of master goldsmiths refining and perfecting his craft. Derek has always painted, preferring a large canvas format to give impact to his interpretation of the natural world.
Derek’s work has been exhibited at the Triangle Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, the National Archives and Library Building in Ottawa, Ontario as well as the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Derek has also received international attention for his work as a goldsmith. In 2004, Derek entered the DeBeers Diamonds International Awards competition in London, England. Selected as a finalist, the design of a fully articulated fine gold and diamond fan named ‘Qu’Appelle’, went forward to the DeBeers ‘Diamond: Natures Miracle’ International competition. Derek was extremely proud when ‘Qu’Appelle’ was chosen as a winning entry and shown at the DeBeers ‘Diamond: Natures Miracle’ Exhibition in Venice, Italy 2004. ‘Qu’Appelle’ was displayed in the Royal Suite at the Hotel Saskatchewan during Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philips visit to Regina, Saskatchewan in 2005 for the personal viewing enjoyment of the royal couple.
You can learn more about Derek Olson and his art on his studio website.