Sky Welkin, born Derek Simon, is a published author and illustrator from Virginia currently residing in Colorado.  Since graduating from Old Dominion University (BFA) in 2014 he has pursued a career as an artist focusing on his thematic illustrations.  The word “Welkin” comes from an Old English term, 'wolcen,' which means cloud or heavenly skies.   Derek extended its meaning to include his cloud characters called Weebees, and a unique landscape: a conceptual landscape that has  themes of inquiry, continuum, reason, and evolution.