Derek Blois was born and lived his early years on the coast of Essex, England. After leaving school and serving in the Essex Constabulary for a time, Derek felt the call of the creative urge and spent the next five years at Art Schools in Colchester and Brighton where he gained a BA (Hons). He then worked in various Design Agencies in London and few years later moved to North Norfolk and co-founded Adept Design.
After 30 years in the business with his wife Liz and with their two sons all grown up, he decided to call it a day, sold up the business and took early retirement to concentrate on his painting (and a few other things).
Due to his special interest in military maritime and aviation, Derek has often been commissioned to paint military scenarios, one such commission was of the recent successful Libyan campaign involving British forces, the Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean and the Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopters. Derek was invited to present the painting on board HMS Ocean to the Captain and crew. Another commission from The Army Air Corps, was to paint a representation of The Battle of Brega, which was also part of the Op Ellamy campaign in Libya. This painting now hangs in the Officers’ Mess at Wattisham.
To celebrate 25 years of unbroken operations of the Tornado at RAF Marham, Derek was commissioned this year to produce a painting to hang in the WO and Sgts Mess at RAF Marham, where it now hangs.
Numerous commissions have followed from both within and outside the military, some of which can be seen on the website and are available as quality prints. See also Facebook: Paintings by Derek Blois.
Recently Derek has successfully exhibited at the Guild of Aviation Artist’s Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and is a full member of the Institute of East Anglia Artists (IEA) and a Council Member, holding the position of IEA President from March 2019 – April 2021.