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Donald E. Perry

the Story

When art meets it’s maker! Donald E. Perry was born in Zebulon, North Carolina in 1969. Donald began playing organized sports at the age of six and began group art classes at the age of seven including drawing and oil painting. He attributes those art classes to learning the basic art skills of a fine artist and attributes sports training as the key to his artistic work ethics. Donald continued to focus on the fundamentals of fine art throughout his formative years, while playing sports. Upon the completion of high school, he went on to play college baseball and study fine art, graphic design, photography, illustration and creative writing. Donald earned his Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications from Mount Olive University in 1993.

After completing his degree, Donald would go on to become an award-winning Artist, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Art Director, Creative Director and Project Director, while creating his art in the background. Donald built a solid history of directing and organizing revenue-generating projects from conception through launch. He began his journey at Glaxo as an intern, which lead him to be a Graphic Designer for a Flexo Printing & Packaging Company based out of New York. Donald also worked for a Travel Agency, Record Label and Real Estate Company during this time period. After these first career experiences, he moved on to work for an Off-Set Printing Company in Wilmington, NC before entering into the Publishing and Advertising Industry at Carteret Publishing, Knight-Ridder and McClatchy. These experiences and others are what led him into contracting and consulting in 2006.

The paintings and drawings Donald hangs and posts online are only part of the narrative. As an artist, he works hard to develop art releasing the truth inside a toxic world of lies which transforms reality in order to give his paintings a voice. Donald developed his techniques specifically to capture and emphasize the flowing creativity inside a non-traditional approach to composition. The evolution of his art is created by analyzing and observing life, death, positives, negatives and balance. He makes every attempt to speak to himself and others about the truth inside every piece of art he creates. As you will see, it’s not a beautiful still life or landscape, “it’s his truth” and what has turned into a portal of reflections of life in these times of chaos and change. His influences are so vast he said, “life is the only influence you really need”.

Donald published 14 issues of a creative lifestyle print and online magazine between 2012-2015 . He also published a 204 page black and white perfect bound printed photo book. A collection of three years on the road with featuring modern art, music, style and other original works. Donald launched this project to explore unique artistic creations that push the boundaries of the establishment in order to evoke debate in the art world and promote art that questions the mind, while helping the viewer to identify with the lifestyle and artist within.

In 2015, Donald published an art book of 300+ drawings,“The Positives Inside Negative Expression” which was featured on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For the past 8 years, he has been focused on creating new art, while still working on creative and design projects too. Since 2019, Donald published his private virtual galleries to the public. First was Transforming Reality, which was an exhibition of works created on the cell phone while waiting on the world to respect others time as much as their own! Next was The Positives Inside Negative Expression. This collection of artwork is from Donald’s book titled The Positives Inside Negative Expression. The artist is our future and the art is the future of the human race. Then there was the History of the Worlds series. Inside this collection you will be able to see some of the past, present and future. As Donald completed part one of this series, the past seemed to reflect off the walls of the present as the future shadows of the human race disappear. The latest virtual exhibition was Disguised Signals, a collection of artwork created while meditating between the signals created, crossed and disrupted by the …

Want to know what’s next, pay attention to the guy behind the curtain, hahaaa. Donald currently lives and works in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If you would like to discuss previewing private online galleries, purchasing original artwork or art direction, please contact Donald by email at: [email protected] ©2022 Donald E. Perry | All rights reserved.

Resume CV


Work Experience


Art Direction
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
February 2006 – Present



Publisher | Owner
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
January 2011 – September 2015


TBSi Advertising

Creative Director
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
February 2006 – 2011


The Brandon Agency

Art Director (Contract)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
March 2006 – 2008


McClatchy-Knight Ridder

Art Director of New Ventures
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2001 – 2006



Digital Production Manager
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2000 – 2001


Beach Weekly News

General Manager
Carolina Beach, North Carolina


Carteret Publishing

Production Manager
Hampstead, North Carolina


Wilmington Printing Company

Senior Graphic Designer
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


New Horizons Media

Graphic Designer
Wilmington, North Carolina


Pres-Tige Label Corporation

Packaging Designer
Burgaw | New York



Business School Internship
Engineering Internship
Zebulon, North Carolina



Art Exhibitions

Art Raw Gallery

New York, NY – February 2009

Shadows of a Deadman

Myrtle Beach, SC – February 2010

Gallery Left

Myrtle Beach, SC – May 2011

ART Walk 2011

Wilmington, NC – November 2011

The Marion Royael Gallery

Beacon, NY – June 2011

Fresh Brewed Coffee & Art

Myrtle Beach, SC – April 2012

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin
Art Museum

Myrtle Beach, SC – November 2012

Art & Soul Gallery

Myrtle Beach, SC – November 2012


Myrtle Beach, SC – January 2013

House of Blues

Myrtle Beach, SC – June 2013

Greg Normans Australian Grill

Myrtle Beach, SC – June 2013


Myrtle Beach, SC – February 2014

The Dunes

Myrtle Beach, SC – March 2015

Gifu Art Gallery

Surfside Beach, SC – September 2016

Art Fields

Lake City, SC – April 2017

Eclectic Art and Music Exhibition

Myrtle Beach, SC – July 2017

William Miller Gallery

Myrtle Beach, SC – September 2017

NYA Gallery

New York, NY – May 2019

Charleston City Gallery

Charleston, SC – May 2019

William Miller Gallery

Myrtle Beach, SC – August 2019

The Dunes Club

Myrtle Beach, SC – November 2019

Collectors Cafe

Myrtle Beach, SC – February 2020

The Art Cut

Myrtle Beach, SC – May 2020

Twitter Art Exhibit

Myrtle Beach, SC – September 2020

Gifu Art Gallery

Surfside Beach, SC – September 2020

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin
Art Museum

Myrtle Beach, SC – February 2021

Long Bay Symphony

Myrtle Beach, SC – May 2021

A Virtual Gallery

Transforming Reality – April 2021

Positives Inside Negative – June 2021

History of the Worlds – July 2021


Myrtle Beach, SC – February 2022

A Virtual Gallery

Disquised Signals – March 2022