Graduate Alberta College of Art & Design (1987), Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Signature Member, American Academy Of Equine Art, Lexington, KY.
MONTHLY ART INSTRUCTION & WORKSHOPS
With 25 years experience, my art classes are open studio based, with strong instruction geared towards, but not limited to, accurate portrayals of animals, horses, dogs, cats (even people). You will be adeptly guided with encouragement and direction.
Contemporary Realism is the style of choice in my class. The classes are generally fun upbeat and full of positive reinforcement. If you excel in class you may even win a much coveted sparkling award that you will wear with pride for the duration of that class. You will be the envy of your classmates. :)
Oils • Acrylics • Watercolour • Graphite are mediums welcome in my class.
Adult Class Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Call now and sign up today!
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Michelle Grant has been working professionally as an artist since 1994.
She presently works in a contemporary realistic style, working in oils, acrylic and graphite. She is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art (1987), and Signature Member of the American Academy of Equine Art, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Horses have long been her passion and figure prominently in her work. Her inspiration comes from owning horses, and attending a multitude of horse related events, capturing photographic reference for her paintings.
The consistent quality of her work has resulted in its’ collection by both private and corporate clients. Her work has received numerous awards in both Canada and the United States.
She is presently represented by Frame Of Reference Fine Art, Whitefish, Montana, USA.
“I am on a continual quest to convincingly, blend realism and impressionism with my use of colour, mark making and brush strokes to create sensitive portrayals of animals, and most significantly, the horse. I enjoy initially sketching out value studies and then transferring it to canvas. I then map out a value study onto the canvas and then let it dry. This dry underpainting effectively becomes a map I can traverse, allowing me to become more expressive with the subsequent layers of colour without worrying about losing the fundamental form of the animal I am painting. As the painting evolves, I become one with the animal almost getting into the psyche of it, creating a character on canvas that exudes personality.”
"Painting horses portrayed in the western way of life is not a want but a need for me. I am compelled to capture this way of life and I am very fortunate to be able to touch on it. My desire to convey this rich and varied, rugged lifestyle to the viewer in multiple mediums continually inspires me. It is the horse’s power, form and energy that fuels my desire to paint and draw."