NAME: Derek Washington.
CITY: St. Petersburg.
MAKING THE SCENE: Exhibiting new paintings at the gallery of the Performing Arts Building, Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City through Feb. 26.
BEST WORD TO DESCRIBE MY ART: BOOM!
WHY I DO WHAT I DO: I feel art is the measure of a society.
HOW I'VE CHANGED: Talent is a burden that bears responsibility. I'm accepting the responsibility whereas earlier, I was intoxicated by power.
ARTISTS WHO INFLUENCED ME MOST: George Clinton (funk musician), Amiri Baraka (militant poet), Richard Wright (author, Native Son), Scarface (gangsta rapper).
FIRST JOB OFFER AS A PRO: Mural at Young Middle School, Tampa.
PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT: Being able to push the darkness away long enough to paint a few paintings that children enjoy.
MY NO. 1 GOAL IS to complete a film by the end of the year and TO LEAVE THIS AREA!
IN MY FREE TIME, I paint.