Grant Redden lives and paints in southwest Wyoming where he was born and where he raised his family. His primary focus is on the landscape, animals and people that make up the fabric of the Western lifestyle and history. Raised in a ranching family with pioneer roots, his experiences with working livestock, living in the West and studying history inform his choices and inspire his creativity.
“I always had a drive to draw and make pictures. When I was a boy, my mother would buy me the largest box of crayons she could find and a big tablet of paper that would keep me occupied. Art was my favorite subject next to recess in school and I took all the art classes available and even sold a few paintings to encouraging people while still in high school.”
After graduating high school and serving a two-year mission in Argentina, Redden graduated from Utah State University in 1986 with a BS in Agricultural Economics and took a job as a real estate appraiser. After working at this job for a few years, Redden made a call to a friend, Jim C. Norton, a successful Western artist who was willing to give him some advice. Norton became a mentor and coached Redden on what he must do to improve his work. Redden worked hard, taking workshops, studying deceased and living masters and painting outside to improve his knowledge of color and values, and eventually got some of his artwork into a few galleries. In 1997 he took the leap into full-time work as an artist.
Inducted into the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) in 2012, Redden’s work has been awarded six Gold Medals for Oil Painting, two Stetson Awards, voted on by active members of CAA for the best group of work, and the Anne Marion Best of Show at the 2017 CAA show. Redden and his work have been featured in several magazines including Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector and Western Art & Architecture.