Born and raised in south Louisiana, Derek Patterson creates his art, day and night, under the southern skies and in the heat of the swampland. Raised in a little village nestled alongside the Amite River called Port Vincent, which his ancestor Vincent Scivique founded, Derek began his passion for creating art at a very young age, with many inspirations that were easily found in what seemed to be a normal life. A normal southern life that is. Where good food and spirits, is around every table. Where traditions are fondly remembered, and "family secrets" really means family recipes. Derek comes from a culture of nurturing old ideas handed down by family loved ones. His colorful roots provided just enough spice to shape and inspire his art. His heritage never ceases to evade him. From the natural beauties of the southern landscapes to the eclectic styles of New Orleans, for him, inspiration lies around every corner.