In the muggy suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia Derek Boman grew up running through woods with the buzz song of cicadas ringing in his ears. Born in 1981 to an engineer and a librarian Derek went on to obtain a black belt in karate at 13, was president of the Art Club and National Art Honor Society, was awarded Art Student of the Year 2000 and had his work exhibited at the High Museum of Art for Youth Art Month while in high school. Excelling in many subjects Derek decided to give in to his artistic inclinations after completing the Howard Hughes Summer Academy of Science at the University of Georgia the summer before his senior year.

He attended Savannah College of Art and Design and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture. While in attendance at SCAD he won a first place design scholarship for his Mulberry Grove visitor's center for $1,600.

Upon graduation Derek went on to work in the architecture field moving towards getting his NCARB Architectural license. He has worked at Jefferson Browne Design Group and Dougherty + Design Group in metro Atlanta. A myriad of building typologies have come under his belt such as amenities, high end retail, residential, educational, ecclesiastical, and office solutions.

In the fall of 2005 Derek met Tiffany Kuhn. Three years of dating quickly past, leading to a proposal on the Pont d'Arcole in Paris at dusk which made a happy marriage between the two. A move to Denver, Colorado in 2010 resulted from the opportunities created by being laid off from his architecture career. Another result was Derek's incessant desire to reconnect with fine art. He still works to build his oeuvre; wishing to one day show in a gallery.

Out of research, for Derek, comes inspiration. He is continually intrigued through learning.