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Pinellas County Honors Local Veteran

Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Communications.  Artist Mike Willis is pictured second from the left, standing next to his art.
Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Communications. Artist Mike Willis is pictured second from the left, standing next to his art.

The following news release was submitted for publication by the county of Pinellas: 


Vietnam veteran and local artist Mike Willis was recently honored by the Pinellas County Veterans Service Office.

 

Willis attends the Bay Pines Veterans art therapy group and volunteered to create a painting which represented pride and patriotism. 

 

“Sometimes ideas come through based upon how my week has gone and is a way of me bringing out those emotions and creativity, said Willis. “I had never worked on a piece this large so this was a real challenge.”


After starting the project, Willis said, “Even the size of the canvas could not contain all of the thoughts and emotions that went into this. I wanted to get it just right as a memorial to my fellow servicemen and women. This was truly a work of the heart.”

 

The painting is displayed in the Health and Community/Veterans Services offices in St. Petersburg.

 

For more information on Pinellas County Veterans Services visit www.pinellascounty.org/veterans. .

 

For more information about Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org, now with LiveChat, or create a shortcut to www.pinellascounty.org/mobile on any smartphone. Pinellas County government is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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