Deryk Houston

Artist in Victoria, BC. Canada

The National Film Board of Canada: Featured Deryk Houston in the documentary, “From Baghdad to Peace Country”   http://www.nfb.ca/film/from_baghdad_to_peace_country/

His work is in the permanent collection of the Canadian war Museum in Ottawa. (On the recommendation of the National Gallery of Canada)

He represented the city of Vancouver, BC., in a solo exhibition of his work in the former Soviet Union.

 

Happening



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


WOODWYNN PEACE GARDEN
Woodwynn Peace Garden at Woodwynn Farms, a therapeutic community for the homeless. The Peace Garden includes a labyrinth with herbs, fruits and vegetables incorporated.



GALLERIES
I am currently featured at Art Works Gallery in Vancouver BC Canada.
And the Greater Victoria Art Gallery rental program.

Muskwa Kechika

Muskwa Kechika located in the North east of British Columbia Canada.

I have been lucky enough to go into the rugged Muskwa Kechika wilderness twice in my lifetime. The first time I joined a wonderful group of artists and we flew in from Muncho Lake by single engine float plane. (The door to the plane broke open in flight and I had to pull hard on the handle to keep it closed until we landed on the lake).
There were several small lakes in a group and the serenity and beauty of our chosen lake surrounded us as we met up with our wilderness guide, Wayne Sawchuck. He is an amazing man and as our adventure unfolded over the next few days, we felt grateful for his help.
After exploring the area around the lake for a few days we decided to take the horses up into the mountains. (The painting above shows the view one gets from the top).
Most of the morning we spent making our way through the deep forest and slowly started to climb. It “amazes” me how steep horses can climb and scramble up a mountain. We would hold onto their mane, otherwise the saddle would slide backwards as we struggled up the steep slope. At the very steepest places we would get off our horse and crawl behind them……their hind hoofs just a few feet from our face because of the steepness of the mountain trail. Sometimes we would be treated to glimpses of scenery that took our breaths away. After several hours we broke out above the tree line and out onto the open alpine. The scene was stunning and it became even better more spectacular as we gained higher ground with our horses. At one point, I heard a strange moaning sound and discovered that one of the women in our group was crying. She had dismounted her horse to walk the last mile alone. Not because of sadness but because of the sheer beauty of the experience.
The lakes in the Muskwa Kechika were reached by a forty five minute floatplane ride. I was moved enough to return again a couple of years later. But…. instead of going in by float plane, I accompanied Wayne Sawchuk and a small group of adventurers, by riding the horses into the Muskwa over an eleven day period. Every day was a tough challenge, pulling a pack horse out of the river one day or encountering a massive Grizzly on a narrow valley pass on another. Thank you Wayne and the friends that I shared these trips with.
“Title: Muskwa Kechika”
Size: 30″X72″
Price: $6,000.00
Contact: Eclectic Gallery 250 590 8095
View all my paintings at the Eclectic Gallery exhibition at http://www.derykhouston.com/?page_id=1715

 

Note: the Muskwa Kechika was featured in National Geographic, November 2008 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/11/muskwa-kechika/vaillant-text

If you have a copy of this edition that you’d be willing to sell, please contact me at dhouston@coastnet.com

Thanks!

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