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Jeff Montagne

I was born in Mountain View, California in 1973. As a child growing up in the military I lived in several cities throughout California as well as in Japan. However, most of my childhood was spent in Mountain View. In 1994 I moved to Sacramento, where I started pursuing my career. My education consists of being self taught, experimenting with different techniques through books and trying new ideas with several types of media.

I have been commissioned for multiple projects from tattoos, murals, and peices of work. In November, 2008 I was selected as artist of the month for Artistic Edge out of Sacramento, Ca. which several pieces were purchased. Through the years I have used several types of media and each has its own purpose. Pastels, chalk, and oil work best for landscapes and seascapes. Pens which consists of brush, fine tip, and ink are best for detail in color for wildlife. Charcoal, black and white, are perfect media for shading and lighting. Now my preferred media is graphite pencil, it works best for detail, and also allows me to have the most control. I have also learned to work with color pencil which is for light color and depth. Watercolor pencil has been used for color wash in background as in "Mingo" and "Goldy". Always learning to use new techniques and methods with multiple media is important.

As the years went on the areas that appealed to me were wildlife, land and seascapes, and an occasional still life. With my subject areas, it is challenging and always cha

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