Artist Statement of Key West Artist David Harrison Wright
Tropical art painting Watercolor painting of Sand Key coral reef Sailboat painting artwork
Key West's premier maritime artist offering paintings of historic
vessels, contemporary maritime themes, wildlife, and tropical art.

"It was like he was born in a different time and place.  He is a true character......He tells a story with such exuberance that you can't wait to hear his next story....I love being around him."

Liz Young Executive Director Florida Keys Council of the Arts


About the Artist - David Harrison Wright

David Harrison Wright at work building historic model of Fort JeffersonFew artists capture the tropical beauty and maritime history of Key West as local artist David Harrison Wright. Recognized today as one of America's premier maritime artists and watercolor painters, his artwork has been recognized by many collectors of fine art. Following is the artist's statement - a biography of his life as a professional artist.


  • Temple Jr. College, Associate of Arts Degree - 1965
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.S. - 1968
  • U.S. Coast Guard, license to operate passenger carrying vessels - 1983 to 1996
  • Admiral in the Texas Navy
  • Master Watercolor Studies

Significant Contribution to Key West

  • Key West Maritime Historical Society - Board of Directors
  • Reef Relief - Board of Directors
  • President of the Board of Directors - Key West Art & Historical Society, 2003 to 2006
  • Donor of original artwork to charity auctions including those held to benefit Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum, AIDS Help, American Heart Society, Red Cross, and Reef Relief.

Corporate & Private Collections

  • Key West Art & Historical Society
  • Key West Yacht Club
  • Texas Commerce Banks of Houston
  • Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, Key West
  • United States Customers, Key West
  • Reef Relief, Key West
  • First State Bank, Key West
  • Banana Bay Resort, Key West & Marathon
  • Truman Annex Co., Mr. Pritam Singh, Key West
  • Pier House Resort, Key West
  • Monroe County Library, Key West
  • The Popular House, Ms. Jody Carlson, Key West
  • Mr. Jimmy Buffet, Key West
  • Asst. Secretary of the Navy and Mrs. Robt. H. Conn, Washington D.C.
  • Mr. Ewan MacDonald, San Francisco

Special Projects

  • Key West Port & Transit Authority, City Bus Design
  • 1st State Bank, Lighthouse Check Design
  • Key West Chamber of Commerce for U.S.S. Key West Commissioning
  • Maritime Festival Poster, Program, and T-Shirt Design
  • Oldest House Museum, Key West
  • Key West Shipwreck Historium
  • Watercolor Designs for Various Guide Books, Almanacs, Poster Maps, and Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Resident Artist: Pier House Hotel
  • Book Illustrations for Away All Boats and West of Key West by John Cole
  • Battleship Maine Centennial Logo Design
  • Chalk Airlines Poster Design, 1993
  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Poster and Magazine Illustrations
  • 1996 Fantasy Fest Poster Design (Call of the Wild)
  • Island Roots Poster & Tee Shirt Design
  • Pirate Soul Museum interior & exterior murals
  • Ships & Their Stories exhibit at historic Custom House Museum by Key West Maritime Historical Society and Key West Art & Historical Society
  • 2000 Fantasy Fest Poster "Circus's and Side Shows"
  • Ships of the Texas Navy, 1836 to 1845
  • Designs for Museum Store items for the Oldest House Museum
  • Model of the Clipper Barque
  • LIGHTING for the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
  • Member U.S.S Constitution Model Shipwrights Guild

Permanent Museum Collections

  • Galveston County Museum, Galveston, Texas
  • San Jacinto Monument Museum, LaPort, Texas
  • Brazoria County Museum, Angleton, Texas
  • Mel Fisher Maritime Historical Society Museum, Key West, Florida
  • Oldest House Museum, Key West, Florida
  • Key West Art & Historical Society at the Customs House



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