O’Donovan was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1964. Since then, he has lived in South Africa, New Zealand, New Orleans, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. He has lived and worked in Philadelphia for over 20 years. O’Donovan has been making artwork at the Center for Creative Works in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, since its establishment in 2012. He tackles both geometric figures and realism in pencil, watercolor, colored pencil and ink. Inspired by the many places he’s lived, O’Donovan’s work continues to develop in scale, scope and media.