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

children’s rights

World Congress on Family Law and children’s Rights  are holding the Fifth World Congress, “Children caught in Conflict”…23-26 August 2009, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
One of the points that caught my eye was that they are  “proudly not  just a “talk fest”.
And I believe in that idea myself completely. The organization has been presented with awards from the UN and attended by major world leaders.
With that in mind  I have to say that I am troubled at the inconsistency of  the UN  when it supports the world congress on family law and children’s rights when at the same time it was supporting it’s resolutions for sanctions on Iraq. (In 2002, a UNICEF study clearly stated that several hundred thousand children had died in Iraq as a “direct” result of UN sanctions.)
I believe that the world congress means what it says about priding itself on not just being a “talk fest”. 
But I also believe that someone has to have the courage to raise that point at their upcoming conference,  “Children caught in conflict”.   Not so much so  that one can point fingers of  blame but simply to illustrate how easy it is to say one thing and do another when it suits us. If international law or children’s rights are  broken then we must have a system in place to hold those accountable… no matter who  is at fault, even if it is a respected country in all other ways. 
If we don’t have that then there is little point in holding such conferences if all we are going to do is pat each other on the back, hand out awards and say we care about children.
I believe that when these judges from around the world meet, they will think carefully about these kind of issues. I wish them success.
I have been asked by the organizers to have some of my artwork at the conference and I am happy to do that because I believe that they truly are proud not to be just a “Talkfest”.

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