Derrick Fitzpatrick was born in Kuala Lumpur Malaya in 1946. He was sent to Perth at age 11 as a boarder and was educated at CBC Perth and then Trinity College. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
On completion of his degree he was conscripted into the Australian Army. His training took him to Phuckapunyal in Victoria, Liverpool in New South Wales and Canungra in Queensland and he served for two years as a Sapper in the Engineering Corps. He was posted to Nui Dat in Viet Nam and carried out pacification works in the towns and villages in Phuc Thuy Province for one year during the war.
On returning to Western Australia he joined Main Roads Department and was involved in the planning, design and construction of roads and bridges throughout the State. He was involved in several bridging and road projects in the Pilbara and Kimberleys. On a part time basis he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Computing from The Western Australian Institute of Technology. In 1976 he was awarded a Bursary and completed a Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning at Northwestern University in Chicago in the US over a 12 month period
His work activities at Main Roads expanded to developing large scale traffic forecasting models and economic evaluation tools to assess the merit of competing road projects. He was appointed as Regional Manager for the South West and based in Bunbury and looked after Main Roads’ interests in 26 Local Government areas for 3 years.
Back in Perth he looked after Corporate Development activities such as corporate planning, performance management, contracting out, and organization development.
Prior to retiring he worked for 4 months as a consultant to the World Bank in Orissa State in India on an Institutional Strengthening project within the Public Works Department in that State.
The PTSD from the war in Vietnam took its toll and he was pensioned off by Veteran’s Affairs in 2000. Around this time he took an interest in painting as a form of relaxation. Although painting was a refuge from stress it was quite challenging moving from a left brained convergent thinking career to one in which it helps to be right brained and lateral thinking.
Although a late starter he had been exposed to many of the influential masters in his visits to art galleries and museums in his various travels around the world. A TAFE course for adults was a small beginning in painting with watercolours and he has attended numerous workshops in Western Australia and the Mitchell School of Art in Bathurst. For about 10 years he attended the leisure course in watercolour painting run by Lucy Papalia in Duncraig
In addition to being a member of the Watercolour Society of Western Australia he is also a member of The Alfred Cove Art Society, The Wanneroo Joondalup Art Society and the West Australian Society of Arts. He exhibits his paintings with these associations, and partakes of their activities.
West Australian Society of Art
Lawrie Bennett Plein Air Award – Highly Commended April 2008
Annual Prize Exhibition – Highly Commended May 2010
Watercolour Society of Western Australia
Annual Awards Exhibition – Highly Commended October 2011
Alfred Cove Art Society
Annual Exhibition – Highly Commended April 2014
Open Minds Open Doors
17th Annual Art Exhibition – Gino’s ‘Car Craft’ Art Award Oct 2015
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