Some very, very early works…

April 16, 2010

The below three illustrations are very early works by Monte.  For many years, all of these hung on the walls in the home of John and Zelma Ellis in Monterey, IL.  For years, Monte tried to get these illustrations from Zelma, however, she would not relinquish any of these, even upon Monte’s promise to trade later works of art of a higher quality.  Zelma possibly would not trade them due to sentimental reasons.

The  middle illustration may also be one of the few, remaining earliest pieces ever done by Monte and was clearly completed while he was quite young, evident by both the quality of the illustration and by his early signature style.

The bottom water-color obviously shows Monte’s great promise as an artist.  If given the chance, Monte probably would have destroyed these illustrations.

After Zelma, then John, passed away, Monte’s wife Sharyl, gave these to their son Eric, without Monte’s knowledge.

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