Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Growing up Penix was surrounded by artists in his family as his mother and grandfather painted. Penix did not pursue painting until after graduating high school. Penix’s mother encouraged him to pursue his talent and took his paintings down to a local gallery where he sold his first piece.

Through the years Penix has been inspired by old masters such as Nicolai Fechin, Sargent and the French Impressionists, but it has been over the last few years that Penix has been the most influenced by artist Quang Ho. Penix had the opportunity to take a workshop under Mr. Ho and later to study briefly with him. Since then, Penix believes his paintings have grown more in the last two years than in his last ten years of painting.

As an artist Penix gains inspiration from his environment whether that be at the park, in his home, or traveling abroad. He enjoys the freedom to paint different subject matter and has learned to push himself to try new things, even if they are out of his comfort zone.

Penix was recognized in South West Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010. He continues to paint full time as a professional artist and strives to advance his skill.

Special Honors/Competitions  :

BAA 59th Annual Spring Show: Best of Show "The Beach"
BAA 59th Annual Spring Show: 3rd Place "Boats in the French Riviera"
Ray Mar: Finalist (March 2012)
Bold Brush: Judge (January 2012)
Ray Mar: Finalist (Dec. 2011)
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Finalist (Fall 2011)
Bold Brush: "Best of Show" (October 2011 )
Bold Brush: Finalist (July 2011)
Bold Brush: Finalist (June 2011)
Ray Mar: Finalist (May 2011)
Southest Art:  21 under 31 Finalist (September 2010)
Ray Mar: Finalist (April 2010)                                                                                                                                                                                
Education/Workshops:
Gay Faulkenberry- Scottsdale Art School
Quang Ho- Art Student's League of Denver                                                                                                                                                                        
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2009  One Man Show - Harweldon Mansion, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2008  One Man Show - Harweldon Mansion, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2007  One Man Show - Fine Art and Soul Gallery, Valencia, California
2007  One Man Show - Gail Roth Gallery, San Clemente, California
2006  One Man Show - Zieglars, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2006  One Man Show - Family and Children's Services, Tulsa, Oklahoma                                                                                                                       
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2012 Oil Painters of America's 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition
2012 Abend Gallery's Artist Show
2012 Waterhouse Gallery Small Gems Show
2011 Abend Gallery 21st Annual Miniature Show
2011 Waterhouse 6th Great American Figurative Artist Exhibition
2008 Guest Artist for Oklahoma Society of Impressionists                                                                                                                                              
Publications:
Fine Art Views Spotlight: 11/30/2011
Informed Collector Recommends: Issue #698 (August 2011)
Southest Art:  21 under 31 Finalist (September 2010)
Western Art Collector (2010)