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I'm Derrick.  

Also known as "DJ." I am an award-winning talent who thrives on collaboration and independent thinking while implementing my art, advertising, and design background.

I received a BFA in Illustration at Virginia Commonwealth University and acquired my Master's Degree from VCU Brandcenter to push my art and creativity to tackle big ideas in advertising.

With a new sense of rejuvenation and purpose, I began painting more. I aim for my paintings to vibrate, educate, and decorate beyond the canvas as I capture people, animals, and dramatic lighting with vivid color. 

As a partnership, this website has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.


As I continue to call Chicago home,
I create artfully crafted pieces, mentor younger talent, instruct and relentlessly seek to evolve. I am inspired by culture and techniques from old masters like Sargent, Basquiat, T.H. Benton and many contemporary Instagram artists to inform my work.


I often use acrylic with other mixed mediums, and I've recently started experimenting with oils more. Whether it's using acrylics by themselves or with oils, gouache, pastels or color pencils, I want my paintings to vibrate, educate, and decorate beyond the canvas. 

career highlights

To name a few: Chicago International Film Festival Television Award, City of Chicago: City In A Garden Poster Design Winner, Art Directors Club, Barnes & Noble Artist of the Month, British D&AD Student Annual, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Art Exhibitor, Dynamic Exhibition at d’Art Center (Oct 2021), Multicultural Award Nominations, London International Award, One Show Student Annual, Retail Advertising & Marketing Association – RAC Awards, Richeson Gallery Exhibitor (Oct 2021), Richmond Ad Show.


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