photo:  Kym O'Donnell  

photo: Kym O'Donnell 

Devon Brady was born in Dunedin, Florida in 1974.  A multi-talented artist/designer/musician, Devon began his life in the arts as a drummer in Tampa's hardcore punk scene of the late 1980's.  Later, as a  student at the University of South Florida, Devon pursued his interests in the visual arts by studying sculpture and photography.  While attending USF, Devon worked nights and summers as a darkroom technician, carpenter, welder and machinist, building everything from custom sports cars and conveyor systems to sash windows and home additions.  In 1994 Devon became one of the first undergraduate students to be granted an exhibition in USF's prestigious Contemporary Arts Museum for the collaborative installation piece "Cometary" (a collection of mechanical sculptures which destroyed themselves under their own power).  After his graduation in 1995, Devon was hired as the head carpenter for a Tampa-based theatrical design firm, where he designed and produced props, scenery, and thematic elements for theme parks and theaters for the next five years.  In 2001 Devon decided it was time for a change and he returned to school to become a state certified firefighter and paramedic,  and in early 2004 he began a new career with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.  Devon now divides his time between his career with the fire department and his ongoing interests in art, music, and design.