Ed Odeven Reporting

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (Jan. 17, 2014) — Opie Otterstad isn’t someone I’ve crossed paths with in press boxes, clubhouses or stadiums, but his interest in merging sports and sports personalities into art work greatly intrigues me.

The distinguished painter has made a living combining his passion for sports and his artistic talent. The Austin, Texas-based artist has, in his own words, “worked for over 250 professional athletes and organizations.” Among the high-profile athletes: MLB stars Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.

For the past 12 years, he’s also produced the official painting for the World Series champion and concocted Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA championship art work.

What’s more, Otterstad worked as the official painter and program cover artist for the NCAA’s 75th anniversary of March Madness, which was celebrated last year. This was an epic project.

It was “the product of eight months of extensive planning…

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