Cover Artist: Michael J. O’Connell

Kathryn’s Song, by Michael J. O’Connell

Michael J. O’Connell, originally of Johnson City, New York, is an artist residing in Clearwater, Florida. A graduate of the Tampa Tech School of Art and Design, Michael began his professional career as an airbrush artist at Tampa’s Busch Gardens. His designs and paintings can be seen throughout the Tampa Bay area and have been used for several national events as well. A self-taught contemporary painter, his bold use of colors and imagery make his paintings both versatile and memorable. Although his work can also be described as abstract, Michael says “I want everyone to see something in each painting which they can relate to. I try to keep my work open to everyone’s interpretation so they can connect to each piece on a personal level.”

Michael’s work has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Poster Winner, the 2014, 2016 & 2017 Tampa Bay Lightning Celebration of the Arts and the 2018 Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art Poster Winner.

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