Artist Biography

A little bit about sports artist Monty Sheldon:

Monty Sheldon started painting baseballs in January 1998 and since that time has developed into one of the Premier Sports Artists in the country.

Monty, 44, grew up on Possum Trot Road, in rural Ohio, outside of Columbus and has been a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Doris Sheldon, Monty's mother, recalls Monty's youth... "He was always drawing this and that from the time he was three or four years old."

After high school, Monty transformed his love of drawing into a career by attending the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1988 to pursue his career with Dark Horse Comics. He stayed with Dark Horse until Early 1998  and left the firm to devote his full attention to the creation of his artwork.

Monty first became interested in creating baseball art while attending a memorabilia show in Tacoma, Washington in November, 1997. At this show he viewed the work of Sports Artist Eric Black, of Big Sur, California, and spontaneously realized he could combine three of his favorite pleasures...Baseball, Art, and Collectibles. With the assistance of Mark Macrae, who now represents him, Monty has found satisfaction and success in what he loves to do. 

Monty now enjoys the life of a self-employed professional artist and does most of his work in his studio at home.

The response to Monty's work has been overwhelming, and the appreciation his clients have expressed has been heartwarming. In addition to private collections Monty's work has been featured in the MCI SPORTS GALLERY, a museum specializing in Sports History, located in central Washington D.C. Additionally he has been interviewed in VINTAGE & CLASSIC BASEBALL COLLECTOR magazine as well as the TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE.

Monty looks forward to many years of creating these unique collectibles and hopes to inspire other artists to follow in his footsteps...

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