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

“Blackbirds and Prayers”


“Blackbirds and Prayers” takes people up in a flight above the landscape. I like that idea when I am out painting. I imagine what the area would look like if I were able to do that. And so it is not a literal view, an actual scene……..more out of my head…..but also based on my experiences on the ground. I find the whole idea of “Plein Air” painting a bit pretentious. Don;t get me wrong, I love painting outdoors. I just don;t like painting…….. “plein Air”. It reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld where George finds his new girlfriend a bit pretentious when she has chopsticks in her hair and talks about “Papier Machette”……with just the right French accent added for effect. (It was a great episode if you didn;t see it:)
The art world, in general, sees landscape painting as out of date and not trendy enough to merit respect. And so artists seem to have tried to adopt a way around that stigma by describing “landscape” painting as “Plein Air”. It seems to imply that studio landscape is out of fashion…but if it is “Plein Air” ….well……. that is better somehow. The fact is that either can be awful if there is nothing going for it.
I actually “love” painting outdoors. You can paint what is behind you, what is in front of you and what is inside of you too. Get it all into the same painting!!!  There is nothing quite like a nice day out watching a deer approach where you sit……..or experience the really loud sound an apple actually makes as you sit at work painting in the orchard. I believe that landscape art can be just as profound an experience as any installation. That’s why I do both. But I feel they both are much misunderstood. A recent “positive” and “kind” article in Boulevard magazine for example just described my work as being two different ideas. Deryk Houston does “this” ….and he also does “that”. In fact…the whole point of my work is that these ideas are the same:)

My work for peace,  where I might hang bedsheets and glass, and my landscape paintings are very much connected. They are talking about the same thing. I want people to understand and think about that.
The “Blackbirds and Prayers” painting  combines the beauty of our surroundings with community and connections through spirituality. The stocked wheat are people ………trying to find their way through their world.
Landscape painting can be thought of as much more than simply a pretty scene. Certainly it has little to do with whether it is painted outdoors on location or not.
I never get bored of landscape when I think of it in these terms. It is a retreat from the darker side of my experiences in Iraq and heals the mind and soul.

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