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

I want to hold your hand


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Title: “I want to hold your hand”
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 24″X36″

Story: When I start work on one of the Beatles songs, I always play
around with ideas for a couple of days in my head.

I used the same approach for “I want to Hold Your Hand” painting and
headed up to my studio to start work on it. But just before  I was going
upstairs, I had seen something in a documentary about cave art and for
some reason I switched out my original idea and started work.  I decided
to use my hand prints on this painting and I heard my wife rummaging
around downstairs and so I asked her to come upstairs for a minute. And
so I asked her to place her handprints onto the canvas along with mine.
It was just one of those spontaneous things that happen in my work.
Things are spontaneous but also have a thread running through them in
the form of peace, love, and conflict.

3 minute video “Changing our world one corner at a time”


Youtubes of the song:

Live version 1964

Version that has live video with studio recorded sound.

Version from “Across the Universe” with a completely different feeling!

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