Spring 2015 Enewsletter

PTP – Derek C Wicks Enewsletter


PTP-Derek C Wicks Enewsletter

Welcome to the 2015 Enewsletter!
Hello {!firstname_fix}, I trust that this new edition of the Enewsletter finds everyone in good health and spirits. Since my last Enewsletter things have been going extreme well here on the Wicks homestead. Even the unfortunate turns have spined into better situations. I have exciting news on new coin releases, magazine articles and even a new member of the clan to announce! So away we go……..• Canadian Coin News Article

• Pika Coin Released

• First Colourful Birds Coin Released

• New Workshops Scheduled

• New Original Art

• Say Hi To Koa

New Mint Coin And Article
Pika Coin

It is with great pride and honor that I can now announce the release of another Royal Canadian Mint Coin designed by myself. I have been doing a lot of work with the Mint over the past year and this Pika or Rock Rabbit marks the second coin to be stuck with my work on it. The coin is approximately 11mm in size (about the size of a dime) and is minted in pure gold. The coin is also limited to 10,000 pieces. It was a
pleasure to work with the Mint, their project managers are the best!

This Pika coin is also the centre point of an article the Canadian Coin News printed on me in their newest addition.
The Canadian Coin News has given me permission to share it with you so I have uploaded the PDF to my website and it can be viewed by clicking the page image to the right. You can also view it by clicking here – Derek Wicks Canadian Coin Article. If you would like full details on the coin or to have a look here is a link to the Canadian Mint.


Colourful Songbird Series
Canadian Mint Coin by Derek C. Wicks

The Royal Canadian Mint has also released the first in a five coin series of Colourful Song Birds. The first coin depicts a Northern Cardinal which is one of my designs. The collection is minted on pure silver and is a lager coin with a diameter of 34mm, that is three times the size of my earlier pure gold coins. The coin also has printed full colour birds on them that have an additive in the paint that makes the bird sparkle to simulate the iridescences of real birds, I am told they are the first of their kind. Three of the five coins are my art work, all coins have my coin design. The two other coins in this series that are my artwork are the Blue Jay and the Violet-Green Swallow, the swallow being my favorite! Click the coin above to visit the coin and search Derek Wicks to see the coin.


Barrie workshops

I have set the dates for this years workshops in Barrie Ontario. The first date is May 22-24, 2015 and the workshop is Botswana King. I retired this workshop over 5 years ago, but have had so many request to teach it again. This will be the last time I teach the workshop so I intend to send it off with a bang. I will be demonstrating my traditional style of doing fur and also showing how I do my new style of fur.

The second workshop is scheduled for June 12-14, 2015 and we will be doing a cougar cub. This cougar cub has not been painted so it is a good chance for participants to see how I develope a new painting form start to finish. Full details and registration for these workshops can be viewed here – Workshops.

Cougar Cub Workshop Derek Wicks - Botswana King


Velvet Splendor Original

The newest painting is of a bull moose in his summer velvet rack. I have always wanted to paint a velvet rack, they have such pattern and colour. I think that a moose in velvet is much more interesting then a bare rack. This particular moose was a saving grace from a rather ‘thin’ animal sighting trip to Denali. I traveled with members of WREATH to the far reaches of the Brooks range in northern Alaska on a reference gathering trip for a show proposed for the Smithsonian (starting to wonder if the show will ever be a go?). We saw very little animal life up in the range over our 10 days out. My friend Dustin Van Wechel and I decided to go down to Denali for three days in the attempt to get some wildlife reference shots. This moose was the highlight of the trip. The moose came so close we both had to change to our 24mm lens as he grazed in as close as 15 feet from us! You can view the framed original by clicking the image below.

Derek Wicks - Velvet Splendor


Say Hi To Koa

Well we have a new dog and his name is Koa! Koa is a refugee from the Dominican Republic. He was seized from a puppy mill and we agreed to take Koa and give him a new home in Canada. Koa looks to be a Chow Chow – Shiba Inu mix, at least that is the best guess the vet and I can come up with. He has the black tongue so he is defiantly a Chow Chow mix. We found Koa from a wonderful volunteer site on Facebook called Street Souls Dog Rescue. I would like to thank Monica Black for all her hard work to find these unfortunate dogs new homes, Monica’s time is 100% volunteered! Koa arrived not to sure about this snow stuff and a little under weight. He now loves the snow is filling out quite nicely. if you would like to see pictures of Koa just visit my Facebook page by clicking the picture below, I am one of those annoying parents that posts new pictures of his kid every two seconds, LOL.




Happy Painting {!firstname}! 

Link To Canadian Coin News Article


Above is the link to the article Canadian Coin Collector wrote on me in their newest edition. The article is saved in PDF and can be viewed by clicking the page image above. I would like to thank Carolyn Mullin for a wonderful write-up on me and the Canadian Coin News for their kind permission to post the article


New Originals or Sale

Velvet Splendor 

Velvet splendor 

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Upcoming Events




Algonquian Art Centre

Original Art showcase

June-Oct 2015
Botswana King Workshop

May 22-24, 2015

Barrie, ON

(705) 835-5480

Contact: Derek Wicks

Cougar Cub Workshop

June 12-14, 2015

Barrie, ON

(705) 835-5480

Contact: Derek Wicks

Botswana King Workshop

Sep 12-14, 20135

Paint For Joy

St. Albert ,AB

(780) 418-3488


Images Studio Tour

Oct 11-14, 2013

(705) 835-5480

Wicks Gallery, Moonstone, ON