Derek McLarty was raised in London, Ontario where he developed an early interest in all forms of visual art. He studied painting, drawing, printmaking as well as art history at the University of Western Ontario before graduating with a Honours Visual Arts degree. Upon graduation, he quickly discovered that his full time work, while rewarding, left very little time for personal artistic expression. Since 2003, Derek has taken steps to balance employment with artistic practice. As a result, he now exhibits his works in both public and private galleries across southern Ontario. His works reside in both private and corporate collections across Canada.