Grant Speed's foremost desire early in life was to be a working
cowboy. Growing up in San Angelo, Texas he spent numerous
Summers on his uncle's ranch breaking horses and became so adept
that he was hired by neighboring ranches as a horse breaker. Later
he even became a rodeo rider. Speed went on to graduate from
Brigham Young University and taught elementary school for a few
years. He always nurtured an intense interest in art, and in
his own words, "I couldn't stop reading about it, looking at it,
and studying it." Speed became so enraptured in his budding
career as an artist, that he would put in a full day as a
schoolteacher and often stay up until two or three in the morning
to work on his sculptures.
Speed finally was able to quit his teaching job after eight
years and was able to devote himself full time to his art career.
He was invited to join the Cowboy Artists of America early in
its formation, and later served as President of the organization
three times. Well regarded among his peers, Grant Speed won one
Gold and two Silver Awards from the Cowboy Artists of America
during his career in addition to having received numerous
commissions for outdoor sculpture. Speed's work can be found
in such well respected museums as the Eiteljorg Museum, the
Woolaroc Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.