Derek J. Yost


Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


I was born  on June 30th 1980 right here in Portland Oregon. I currently live in Portland.


What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


I've been making art since I was a kid, my mother is a painter and dancer and my siblings play music, been around the creative vibe my whole life.



Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?


Gosh, there's been so many over the years but one who stands out is Ricky Oyola.  I myself have been skating since 1987.



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?


Living would have to be Thornton Dial, he's a folk artist from Mississipi.  Thomas Hart Benton for the other one.


When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


I like to travel, hang with my daughter, garden, read and cook. I also play around with taxidermy  

And like to build things.



Who are your biggest influences?


All of my friends and mentors I've had throughout my life.



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


Ink, enamel, and acrylic.



Anything else you want to tell?


I think that's it. I'm Glad to be a part of this exhibit.