Derek Blois BA (Hons) FIEA GAvA


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 a few years later moved to North Norfolk and co-founded Adept Design, a creative design and illustration agency.

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). Well, retirement never really happened as his painting took off big time.

Due to his special interest in military maritime and aviation, Derek is now fully commissioned to paint for various regiments, squadrons and individuals within the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. These include various ships, aircraft, armoured vehicles etc as well as portraits.

Paintings now hang in such establishments as RAF Leeming, RAF Marham, HMS Ocean, Wattisham, Middle Wallop, Hereford and Yeovilton as well as many private collections.

Derek’s work has been recognised by receiving full membership of the Guild of Aviation Artists and he is a Fellow of the IEA 

He does not generally show in Galleries in the UK, except in specific exhibitions but some of his maritime work is shown in the USA.

He is a committed Christian and much involved creatively with his local church, Soul Church in Norwich.