Grant Schirpik, like most children, was often asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. He usually answered with whatever the mood struck at the time… fireman, actor, ballet dancer. It took years to fully appreciate that this question was significant and merited careful consideration. But by that time, Grant had finished his education, and with a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas, was on his way to working at unfulfilling, dead-end jobs. So as an adult he found himself asking that same question again. Through soul searching, career counseling, and a little advice from friends and family, he discovered his answer required a foundation built on creativity and self expression.
This decision, while vague and full of more questions, steered Grant to a path that he still happily travels today. First, Grant returned to school to study graphic design. Then he embarked on a career as an award-winning art director. With his current employer, the American Heart Association, Grant finds his work more fulfilling than ever because it is both creatively challenging and rewarding for its impact on people's health and well-being.
Still, there are times when the confines of the business environment and client demands leave little room for self expression. During a chance encounter with an artist neighbor, Grant discussed his yearning for other outlets for his creative energies. His neighbor gave him a copy of a Creative Arts Center brochure, and Grant knew he’d found a clear path to explore his creative urges in a new way to new creative exploration. Drawn to oils, Grant began studying at the Center under award-winning artist Kathleen Dello Stritto and has been happily painting ever since. He enjoys the friendship and support of his fellow studio artists and is proud to be a founding member of Studio Art and Soul. Grant paints a variety of subjects and is still discovering new facets of his personal style