Birds on Beach was created by a high school student in our community, Molly Doyle. Molly wanted to find a fun way to teach locals and tourists about the rich history of the downtown area around Beach Drive. She thought using a scavenger hunt for a family of birds would be a great vehicle for imparting historical information about St. Petersburg. Birds on Beach is a “Bird Quest” throughout downtown. Incorporated into the clues used to locate the birds are historical facts for each location.
Hi! My name is Molly Doyle. I enjoy traveling, reading and riding horses. I began Birds on Beach when I was a sophomore in high school, and the project took about one and a half years to complete. I learned not to let the fact that you are young stop you from achieving your goals. I am grateful to all the people who helped me, especially Donna Gordon and the location sponsors. I also want to thank Raul Quintana, Elizabeth Brinklow, Kelly Weatherby and Jenn Thorne.
Donna Gordon was born in Virginia in 1957. She attended The University of the South, in Sewanee Tennessee, and, later, the American College in Philadelphia, PA earning a degree in Finance and Financial Planning. Donna then began a successful career as an investment advisor and regional securities manager for a national investment firm.
After 18 years in the investment world, Donna became a full time working artist, and at that time her work focused on sculptural pottery. In 2006, Donna studied with renowned sculptor Richard MacDonald in Carmel, California. It was there that she began to work with plasticine and bronze casting.
As a self taught sculptor, coming to it later in life, Donna feels that the experiences she has had along the way have taken her art in a narrative direction that would not have been possible had she pursued it first and foremost.
Throughout her career Donna has been represented by galleries from California to Charleston. Her public sculpture includes the Memorial to Roy G Harrell, Baywalk, FL, 2008 and Birds on Beach, 2014.
In 2012, she was named Raymond James Financial Woman Artist of the Year.
Donna resides in St Petersburg, Florida. She is married and has three children.