About the Collection
As a third-generation Tampa resident, I’ve long been intrigued by the historic icons of our city – the beautiful minarets of the University of Tampa, the gracefulness of Bayshore Boulevard, the classic Floridan Hotel, eclectic Ybor City, the mysterious Sulphur Springs Water Tower, the natural beauty of the bay, and many other landmarks and places which make the Tampa Bay area a truly special place.
I was inspired to create a body of work celebrating Tampa’s rich history through distinctive depictions of its most recognizable icons.
The artwork was created via hand drawn and digital techniques in an illustrative style inspired by classic travel posters, cigar art, and fruit crate labels, all significant parts of Tampa’s visual history.
The genesis of the collection were projects created for the City of Tampa Art Programs Division and the Downtown Partnership.
The work is on permanent display at the Tampa Bay History Museum– a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum.
I am the featured artist at Tampa International Airport’s “Shoppes on Bayshore,” a 6000 sq. ft. retail shop located on the main terminal.
I am honored to have two pieces on permanent display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC. My artwork hangs in Congresswoman Kathy Castor’s Office.
Pieces from the collection are on display at the Visit Tampa Bay gift shop in downtown Tampa.
Through this body of work, I hope to encourage each viewer – residents and visitors alike – to discover something new, beautiful, and interesting about the Tampa Bay area.
By choosing to acquire and display the work in your own home and/or office, collectors like you can celebrate our iconic landmarks and share the visual history which makes Tampa truly unique.
– Tim Boatright, Artist