Ken Grant has lived in Oregon all his life, born in Klamath Falls in 1938. He grew up in Portland, and from 1956 to 1962 studied at the Advertising Art School(where during his last three years taught drawing and anatomy). From 1969 to 1970 he further honed his skills in drawing and sculpture at the Museum Art School(now Pacific Northwest College of Art).
In 1958 he began a long career in retail store window and interior display, first for Bedell’s Department Store until 1964, then for Nordstrom where he was director of display and interior Design of the three Portland area stores .During the summer of 1960 he and a friend from art school opened an art gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon. In 1975 he and several other local artists founded the Winter Gallery in Portland to have an outlet for their work in the coast’s off season.
Along the way he has done numerous illustrations for books, magazines, greeting cards and advertisements. In 1982 he moved to Milwaukie, Oregon in the Portland are, where he increasingly concentrated on painting. By 1994 he had become an artist full time.