After achieving a BFA from Colorado State University in 1993, Monte has pursued his lifelong dream of creating new artistic visions and stretching himself as an artist. From taking art workshops around the country and studying with Master Teacher Frank Covino for 20 years, Monte offers a wide range of art and styles in acrylics, pencils, oils and airbrush. Several other Wildlife Art Master Artists that Monte has studied with include greats such as John Seerey-Lester, Alan Hunt, Carl Brenders and Morten E. Solberg.
In his 25-year career as a pop-culture artist, he has won many accolades, including being the two-time winner of the World Fantasy Art Show, and having his work seen in dozens of magazines including Time, U.S. World Report, Newsweek, The Robb Report, and includes advertising work for such companies as Pentax, The Australian Outback Collection, Ocean Spray, The U.S. Marine Corps, Harley-Davidson and the U.S. Olympic Training Centers. Although most well-known as a pop-culture artist for companies like Lucasfilm, DC Comics, Marvel Entertainment and many others, Monte also has a passion for Western and Fine Art. His family has been in the cattle and ranching business for over 100 years, and Monte's youth was spent on an expansive working cattle ranch in the mountains of Idaho where daily activities included working with horses, cattle, mending fences and much more.