Derek was born in Dartford, where he still lives, drawing from an early age, always for pleasure. Not until the 1970’s did the work become more dedicated. By 1980 Derek was experimenting and trying to perfect charcoal. 1983 was his first sale.
Wife Jenni always knew she could sell Derek’s drawings. In 1988 Derek and Jenni went full time and the artwork blossomed.
Derek kept to what he knew animals, terriers, lurchers and portraits of people; at one time with 71 prints available, doing his apprenticeship at Terrier Shows etc.
Jenni was so proud of the artwork and worked tirelessly to promote it.
In 2004 an illness in the family caused his retirement and he looked after Jenni until her death in January 2010. After 45 years of marriage.
Jenni was the inspiration.
His two daughters are now taking up the sale of Derek’s work. www.absolutecharcoal.com
Derek said ‘He travels and thanks to everyone for their support.’
The art of Derek.E.Homden is dedicated in loving memory to Jennifer Eve Russell Homden 18.02.46- 8.01.10
I know Stoaty was looking for him.