Artist Bio or Statement / Bio de l’artiste ou la déclaration
Graduate Alberta College of Art & Design (1987), Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Michelle Grant is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Michelle works in oil, acrylic and graphite and she brings a sound understanding of design, light, form and anatomy to all of her work. She has a unique ability to combine a realist style with a dash of Impressionism.
A graduate of the Alberta College of Art, Michelle is also a full member of the prestigious American Academy of Equine Art based in Georgetown, Kentucky. She has been the recipient of numerous international awards for her work. A diverse artist, Michelle has been working with the Royal Canadian Mint since 2002 desinging numerous gold, silver and circulation coins. In addition, she has participated in creating the Mural Mosaic for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Michelle has exhibited in the Calgary Stampede’s Western Art Show & Auction for many years and recently garnered the distinguished 2012 Artistic Achievement Award. She was also commissioned to create the Calgary Stampede’s 100th year commemorative gold and silver coins for the Royal Canadian Mint. She has participated in many fundraiser “Quick Draws” for the Calgary Stampede, Rodeo Royal and the CM Russell Art Show in Montana.
Most recently, Michelle was commissioned by the Calgary Stampede’s President, Bill Gray, to create his vision for the prestigious Calgary Stampede 2016 poster. Titled “Born to Buck”, the painting features three mares and three foals, selectively bred for their athleticism and aptitude to buck. The Calgary Stampede is world renowned for their Born to Buck program.
Art instruction is one of her strengths and she always finds time to teach adult art lessons and conduct workshops since the mid-1990s as well as encourage young artists. She has been published in numerous magazines and books, most recently having her painting “Sky High” chosen for the July 2013 Western Horseman’s rodeo issue.
GRAPHITE WORKS / LES OEUVRES EN GRAPHITE