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Jim Montalbano

My name is James Montalbano, most call me Jim but some call me Jimmy. I was born in San Diego in 1960 at Mercy hospital across the bay in San Diego. I grew up in Kensington and moved to Coronado in 1973.

I have always enjoyed water sports since a very young age, first “matting” on rubber rafts, then surfing. I got involved with art at a very young age as well, always drawing waves and making cartoons, etc. I think that started since both my parents were doctors and they would take me and my brother on rounds with them to the hospital on weekends. We would have to sit at the nurses’ station for hours waiting for them to finish. I would ask for paper and pencil and draw the whole time to entertain myself. I never considered myself to become an artist and my parents pushed us to consider the medical field. That backfired on them by taking us to the hospital all the time, I hated being around that atmosphere.
Surfing became my way of life, like many say it’s a lifestyle. I surfed all day and worked in the restaurant business at night. I eventually went to SDSU to get my degree. I majored in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. I work with all mediums including but not limited to, oils, sculpture, stained glass, acrylic, charcoal, and basically what I can get my hands on and what kind of mood I’m in.

Most of my work involves waves and beach scenes, obviously a big influence in my life. I’m especially fond of charcoal since, to me, black and white seem to set a mood. Lately, I’ve been drawing people’s pets in charcoal to keep me busy.

My drawings are all done with charcoal and include my initials somewhere in the work to authenticate that it is my work. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of the product as I do in creating it!

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