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Born in 1970 in New York City, Derek Buckner grew up painting in the studio of his father. His interest in the visual arts grew when he attended LaGuardia High School of Music Art and the Performing Arts where he studied stone carving. Derek went on to continue his education at Vassar College and later received his B.F.A at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied painting with Susanna Coffey and Dan Gustin. It was in Chicago that he developed a passion for perceptual painting. Attracted to the landscape of Mexico's West coast peninsula, Derek later moved from Chicago to Baja, where he immersed himself in painting his surroundings amidst the rare and dramatic light of where the desert and Pacific Ocean converge. Three years later Derek returned to New York where he met his wife, the novelist Joanna Hershon. It was back in Brooklyn where he returned to painting the urban landscape, and it is the east end of Long Island where he continues his ongoing relationship with painting the land and sea. He currently divides his time between Mexico and New York.



    

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