After a career as an auto mechanic, Shorty began formal art training at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe in 1986. It seemed that he was destined to find sculpture as he says with a smile. "I ended up in a sculpture class only when a jewelry class I wanted to take was full. When I began my fist piece I was so excited to see the stone develop in my hands as I had seen it in my mind. Working with stone felt so natural to me. I knew then I had found my life's work."
When asked how he approaches a new stone Shorty explains, I usually spend time with a stone and make some sketches of it from different angles. At some point I will see a form in the Stone, and then it's simply a process of revealing that form. Animals, or spirit beings, from Navajo mythology are often what appear in that stone." Eddy Shorty