Deryk Houston

Artist in Victoria, BC. Canada

Please visit my Patreon Site: and read my postings to learn more about my approach to art.


Deryk at Ogden Point, Victoria, BC. (photo by Elizabeth)

From 2013 to the present, a main project has been the Woodwynn Peace Garden at Woodwynn Farms, a therapeutic community for the homeless. The Peace Garden includes a labyrinth with herbs, fruits and vegetables incorporated.

I am currently featured at Art Works Gallery in Vancouver as well as Sooke Harbour House and my wife Elizabeth has her glass-on-glass mosaics there too.

and I also have work available at Merridale Cider and the Avens Gallery in Canmore Alberta.


The "Love" show - a series of paintings inspired by Cirque du Soleil and the Beatles, opened in Vancouver on Feb 12, 2016 at Art Works Gallery
(604) 688-3301
and continued till March 6, 2016

George Galloway

Letter to George Galloway and the Canadian Israeli committee.
As an activist for peace ……I fully support the idea that George Galloway be allowed into Canada. However, I would like to see Mr. Galloway and his supporters invite the Canadian Israeli Committee to participate in this event. 
I think that if we ever want to find peace in this world we need to do much better than sit with a group of like minded individuals who agree with each other, and stew over the disgust we have for our enemies.  
In all my years of working in this field, I have never seen Mr. Galloway support terrorists. If he had taking guns and bombs into Gaza instead of food and medicines as he actually did, then I would think otherwise. I personally like the man.  I also admire his work in Iraq. Critics say that he  praised Saddam when he was in Iraq  but  I saw him give lectures in north America where he said very unflattering things about Saddam. I believe it took courage to say what he said because he would then go back to Iraq knowing full well that those speeches would have been well noted by the Saddam regime. (I doubt Galloway’s critics would have had the same courage).
I also believe that the Canadian Israeli Committee have legitimate concerns that should not be dismissed out of hand. There is enough hate in this world without throwing gasoline over everything. A one sided presentation would tend to do that and I imagine that is what the Canadian Jewish Committee were worried about when they supported our governments stand on blocking Mr. Galloway from entering Canada. I have great compassion for their fears and everyone should acknowledge that and try to understand what they need.

Having said all the above….The people of Canada deserve more from Mr, Galloway.
Unfortunately his well intentioned approach reaches only those who already agree with him which is sad because he has a great grasp on facts and if a different approach were taken he could reach the very people who disagree with him.
Canadians would be much better off participating in an event where presentations and questions were welcomed from both sides of this debate.

We need to move beyond this approach as World Peace depends on it.
Deryk Houston
My work was Featured in the NFB documentary “From Baghdad to Peace Country”

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