I do not claim to be the “world’s most renowned sports artist,” but I do understand what it feels like to have sports heroes, and to live and die with my favorite teams. The goal of my artwork is to evoke memories of seasons past and celebrate the greatness of sports legends of every era. While I do, on occasion, create artwork for the athletes themselves, my main mission is to capture the spirit of a specific athlete for fans. Whether your favorite player is Mickey Mantle, “Magic” Johnson or Randy Couture, my goal is to provide a piece of artwork that celebrates the greatness of the athlete that you hold close to your “tattered jersey-covered” heart. My artwork appeals to the people who watch ESPN on a daily basis, who can recite the starting lineup of their favorite team and folks that take college football so seriously, that it ruins the weekend when their team loses. I understand the joy and agony of being a fan.
• Brent Naughton was born in Xenia, Ohio, raised in Fairborn, Ohio and has had stops in Fort Collins, Colorado, Santa Clara, California, Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his artist wife, Michelle Blades and their two dogs, Chimp & Baboon. His work is created with acrylic wash and colored pencils.