Shorter began his art studies at The Toledo Museum
of Art at an early age and art remained the focus of
his formal education.
He attended Libbey High School and won numerous
state scholastic art awards and then entered Bowling
Green State University as an art major.
Life and work took the aspiring artist in another
direction however. He became a civil structural
engineer and, with a partner, formed a company –
Morse and Shorter – to continue in that field.
Most of Shorter’s daytime gig involved, as he notes,
“working with my eyes.” So it was fairly difficult
to give his art the attention he thought it required
after days spent assessing and competing projects
requiring such concentration of mind and eye.
Morse and Shorter gave up the firm a year ago as
both partners went into retirement and Shorter began
to place more emphasis on his avocation – his art.
He had kept his hand in art doing commissioned
pieces from time to time but now he is free to let
his imagination roam.
Over the years, he has created a number of such
commissioned works of athletes. Some of his recent
drawings include several works of President Obama
and depictions of equine athletes for 20 North
Gallery’s Derby Days Exhibit.
Shorter’s Obama and Tiger Woods may be seen at The