Millard Owen Sheets was born, raised, and educated in Southern California. He was born June 24, 1907 in Pomona, California, and studied at the Chouinard Art Institute (B.A.) and at Otis (M.F.A.), both in Los Angeles. Sheets went on to become a member of the executive committee that ran the local PWAP (first New Deal art project). He was one of the fifteen artists chosen nationally to paint murals in the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.
During World War II he was made a war artist in India and Burma for Life magazine. From the late 1930’s until 1955, he headed the art departments at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School. In 1953 he became the Director of the Otis Art Institute. While in this position he created a new official seal for the County of Los Angeles.
For more than 27 years Sheets designed buildings and artistic decoration for the Offices of Home Savings of America branches throughout California, until his death in 1989.