James Mellett

Biography: Jim Mellett

For most Pittsburghers, the Immaculate Reception is the biggest scene in sports history. For James Mellett, it's about the size of a postage stamp. Jim, born and raised in the 'Burgh, has shrunk thousands of cultural icons into White Mountain montage puzzles working as a freelance illustrator. He's also designed Pittsburgh Penguins tickets; drawn a head of lettuce for bags of salad; exhibited work at the Heinz History Center; and won sports art awards from Beckett Magazine, among other adventures. His BFA from IUP and an Associate's Degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh led him to be a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, where he's slaved as its secretary for a decade. A white, fluffy Pomechon named Lizzie often distracts him in his home office, as does his 14-year-old daughter, Kathryn, and loving wife, Jan.

List of Clients:

    White Mountain Puzzles
    Fresh Express
    Liberty Magazine/Dever Designs
    The Pittsburgh Penguins
    Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
    Scobre Press
    Grolier Publishing
    Scott Foresman Publishing
    Silver Burdett Press
    Monsanto-Round Up
    McKesson Pharmaceuticals
    Nova Chemicals
    Network World Magazine
    Crestwood House/Simon & Shuster