Born on the North East coast of England, the Durham and Northumberland coastlines became the first sources of inspiration for Derek Hare's paintings, setting the theme for the subject matter he would become known for. Derek Hare is a self taught painter, studying commercial art at Sunderland Art College. In the early 70s, Derek spent time in Sweden, Norway and Germany, where he lived for some time on an island in the Baltic, exhibiting widely in these locations as well as in UK. As a painter mainly of landscape and marine subjects, he is always happiest on or near the ocean. Fortunately, he has been able to combine this love with a lifelong passion of oil painting. In the UK, Scottish and East Anglican coastlines figure strongly in his work, providing dramatic contrast to his more exotic locations including the Seychelles, Morocco and India. Derek Hare is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.