Grant Searcey is a fine art painter and professional illustrator currently based in scenic North Georgia.
Grant grew up in a small rural community in Nebraska. With fewer distractions, he felt that his imagination was allowed to blossom. He studied Fine Art and Art History at Nebraska Wesleyan University. While attending college and living in Lincoln, NE he took part in his first gallery reception at the Burkholder Project at age 20. In 1996 he sold his first painting and he's been putting his talents to work ever since. After a decade living and painting in San Diego and Los Angeles with brief stints in Taos, New Mexico his path has brought him to the mountains of North Georgia.
He has a gift of being able to tap into a child-like imagination and turn these visions into whimsical works of visual art for others to view and enjoy.
"Painting has actually become a type of meditation for me. I put on my favorite music and dive into another world of pure creativity for hours at a time. In June of 2004 I received a life-saving heart transplant. I had been very ill with Cardiomyopathy from age 18 to 28 and a new heart was my only option for life. The operation was a success and my artwork has played a crucial role in helping me survive and recover. The creative process has been a means of therapeutic expression both pre and post-transplant. During times when I’ve questioned whether I would live or die, I have repeatedly turned to painting as a powerful coping mechanism. It NEVER lets me down."
Grant's inspiration comes from a variety of sources. "It's a melting pot of mother nature, science fiction, comic books, steam punk, anime and even graffiti and street art found in more urban settings."
Currently, he lives and paints in the beautiful town of Dahlonega, Georgia. Together with his wife Mindy, who is also an artist, they own and operate the Grant Searcey Gallery and Searcey Jewelry & More in downtown Dahlonega where Mr. Searcey is enjoying his health and re-energized spirit.