Dederick Ward, who maintains a studio in Anacortes, turned to full time painting in 1989. He developed as a self taught painter during a 28 year career as a geo-science information professional in Colorado and Illinois. His earlier career shows its influence in his work. His oil paintings are of western geology, waters and atmosphere, and sometimes include aspects of time and evolution. In recent years Ward has been represented in exhibitions throughout Washington and in Atlanta GA. His work is in private and corporate collections throughout the US and abroad, including Museum of Northwest art and Whatcom Museum of Art. He received the Top Festival Fine Arts award as well as the T-Bailey Corporate award at the 2014 Anacortes Arts at the Port Festival.