Michelle Grant, a native Calgarian, has been working as an artist since 1994 in the Realist style, working in many mediums that include oils, acrylic, and graphite.
A graduate of the Alberta College of Art (1987), her work has received numerous awards in both Canada and the United States.
Michelle has been working with the Royal Canadian Mint since 2002 designing numerous gold, platinum, silver and circulation coins. Her work has been featured on many different themed coins issued by the Mint.
Michelle exhibited in the Calgary Stampede’s Western Art Show & Auction for many years and garnered the distinguished 2012 Artistic Achievement Award. She was 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.
Her work has been used for many fundraising events, including The Sarcee Rotary Club, Ducks Unlimited, Calgary Stampede High School Scholarship Program and many animal rescue groups. Michelle was commissioned by the Calgary Stampede’s President, Bill Gray, to create his vision for the prestigious Calgary Stampede 2016 poster. “Born To Buck”, showcases the careful breeding program for raising sound, athletic bucking horses the Calgary Stampede is world renown for.
Art instruction is one of her strengths, with her teaching adult art lessons and conducting workshops since the mid-1990’s. She presently teaches at Swinton’s Art Instruction & Supply. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and books. Michelle and her work have been featured on various television programs over the years, most notably "Hidden Gems" and as a featured guest on the award winning "Cowboy Country Television”. She recently created artwork for Universal Studios, 2016, for “Dead Again In Tombstone” released in 2017. Her talents were utilized for the Canadian television series “Heartland”, as a hand double for closeup footage painting a watercolour, and coaching a key character on painting for a scene.
Working from her studio in Calgary, the consistent quality of her work has resulted in its' collection by both private and corporate clients world wide.