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Conversations with Derek Donnelly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Derek Donnelly

Derek Donnelly is a St. Petersburg Florida native artist specializing in large scale murals, portraiture and iconic marine life. His imagery often celebrates the nature and history of his sunny home state. Donnelly has been a full-time working artist since 2010 and has worked with countless government entities, developers, corporations, small businesses, schools, and organizations. Some clients include AARP, MLB, City of St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Petersburg College, Sirata Beach Resort and Fender Guitars. He is founder of Public Art Project, a 501(c)3 organization specializing in beautification projects, arts education, and advocacy. In 2016, Donnelly opened COVE (Creative Opportunities and Visual Ent.), a studio/gallery space constructed of shipping containers where he showcases the diverse visual talent from the area. Derek continues to do murals full-time, consulting and working seamlessly with other creative professionals, developers and local governments towards nourishing the creative culture in the greater Tampa Bay Area.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being a working artist, times are often feast or famine. Staying on top of things and making sure you’re ready for unprecedented times is a must.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Since 2012 I have been doing large scale murals for local businesses, organizations, local governments etc. I also do custom canvas pieces and try to collaborate with and help any fellow artist I can!

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
Everything is Yin and yang in this life! Take the good with the bad and make the best of it all!

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