Things could not have worked out better for Daniel Maltzman.
Each year the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am selects a painting to be the main image for the event, and Maltzman's rendition of 2013 tournament champ Brandt Snedeker (above) was selected for this year's tournament. The painting will be used on the event's tickets and tear sheets and distributed at the event as a poster.
Being a California native and an avid golfer (he carries a 7-handicap), the honor combines two of Maltzman's passions.
"I had a phone call, and someone asked me to submit my work for the Pebble Beach Tournament," Maltzman said. "There was a chance they would like my style, and I could be selected as the artist for the tournament. I went ahead and put everything together, and about a month later, I got a call that said they would love for me to be the sponsor this year at the PGA tournament at Pebble Beach. This is something they do every year. Artists submit, and they have a jury that picks what’s best for the tournament. I was honored to be the selection for this year."
The Monterey Peninsula Foundation already donates tournament proceeds to charity, and Maltzman is teaming with the foundation to deliver any proceeds from his painting sales to charity as well.
Most known for his Shadow Figure paintings -- he's sold three to Justin Bieber -- Maltzman's golf art was displayed in a Travis Mathew warehouse in Huntington Beach, Calif. before being commissioned as the tournament's official painting. Even though golf art isn't his primary focus, the chance to be a part of a tournament at Pebble Beach is an impressive addition to Maltzman's resume.
“We found Daniel Maltzman’s golf-themed artwork in the offices of Travis Mathew,” said Steve John, CEO, Monterey Peninsula Foundation. “We are thrilled to have his art on our tournament posters, tickets and pairing sheets and look forward to his new collection of golf-themed art.”
Maltzman is a member at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, a course he grew up playing. When he spoke to Golf.com, he was at the course prepping for his 11 a.m. tee time that morning. Maltzman first played Pebble Beach in 2001 and fell in love with the venue.
"It’s a great course," Maltzman said. "One of my favorite courses. Beautiful, difficult, breathtakingly gorgeous, it’s a dreamscape for golf. Anything along the ocean to me is spectacular. It depends on the weather. Hopefully we’ll catch some good weather. There’s nothing like it. It’s probably one of the greatest golf landscapes in the world."
Maltzman will be signing posters of his painting on Saturday at the tournament.
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