Brant’s interest in art dates to his childhood, when his mother taught art in the public schools and painted still-lifes at home. He minored in art in college, but did not pursue it again until about 20 years ago, when he began painting from a live model at the Scarab Club. Later, he began painting with the Michigan Plein Air Painters, weekly, which he continues actively. He has taken some classes at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center but for the most part is self-taught by painting, looking at art, reading about art, and learning from other artists.
Brant has been juried in numerous competitions locally and awards include Best in Show & 1st place (Oil Painting) at the 2009 State Fair, Best of Show at the Lawrence St. Gallery “Think Small” show in 2013, Gold Awards at the Our Town Art Show in Birmingham, 2014 and 2015, second place in the 2017 Silver Medal show at the Scarab Club, and best of show at the Fresh! Plein Air Milford Paint-out in 2019. He has participated in paint-outs for several years including Dexter, Glen Arbor, Northport and Milford in Michigan, Finger Lakes, NY, and Dubuque, IA.