As well as having a fascination for wildlife as an artist, Derek contributes to scientific research work as an enthusiastic amateur naturalist, researcher and bird-bander. He has developed a number of research and survey techniques that have been adopted by professional organizations. He has had his researches published in numerous scientific journals, been author and editor in many publications, and serves as a volunteer on numerous research and trust committees.
Born and raised in Fife, Derek Robertson works from his studio in Balmerino and, since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College in Dundee in 1989, has established a name as one of the country’s foremost wildlife and landscape artists. He exhibits work in galleries around the world, including regular selection in the Woodson Art Museum “Birds in Art” international show in the USA, where his work is held in the permanent collection. His paintings, prints and publications are held in private collections in more than 40 countries as well as in numerous public collections, including those of several British Universities, Museums and the collections of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, The Tate Galleries artist book collection and The Scotland Office in London.
Derek is a professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists, elected signature member of the elite Society of Animal Artists (USA), elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and serves on their council, is an elected member of the Aberdeen Art Society. He is winner of the Pat Holmes Memorial Prize, the Guthrie Orchar Prize, the RSW Small Painting Prize, RSW John Gray Award and RSW Glasgow Art Club Fellowship and is a Medal Winner of the Wildlife Art Society. Winner of the Visions of Nature Award, BBC Wildlife Artist of The Year 2013, Highly Commended and Finalist in the David Shephard Wildlife Artist of The Year Awards 2014 and Finalist in the international, Golden Turtle awards Moscow 2014.
He is regularly featured in press, radio and television. His first book, “Highland Sketchbook” was nominated for the McVities Prize. He has written and presented a number of TV programmes including a four part series, “Drawn From Wild Places” which was nominated for a Scottish Bafta and an award at the Cannes Film Festival. His latest book, entitled “A Studio Under The Sky” is a beautifully produced, limited-edition publication and has received critical acclaim from around the world. He has recently completed illustrations for new books by the celebrated wildlife and environmental writer, Sir John Lister-Kaye, entitled “Song of the Rolling Earth” and “Nature’s Child”: published by Time Warner and which became “modern day classics” of the genre. Derek regularly gives talks and demonstrations about his work, the landscape, and the wildlife that he portrays. These include prestigious presentations such as the Armistead Lecture and programmes for cruise lines