Grant was an artist, writer and musician.

Grant Halliburton

From the time Grant Halliburton could grasp a pencil, he allowed his imagination to flow onto paper in scribbles, sketches, and stories. And Grant never stopped. His creative gifts flourished naturally and, by the time he was in high school, he was composing and recording music, performing in a band, and excelling as an AP art student, Art Club President, AP Scholar, and member of the National Art Honor Society.

Grant was an artist in the truest and most pure sense of the word. He didn’t dabble in art or music—he had massively ambitious and visionary ideas about how he was going to change the art and music world.

Music and art were his passions. But to Grant, people were the most important part of life. He was known not only for his creativity, but also for his warmth, his easy smile and his love of people. He earned the friendship and respect of many, and in high school his classmates voted him Most Likely to Become a Recording Artist and elected him King of the Valentine’s Day Dance. He was featured in the senior yearbook as Coolest Kid on Campus. 

“Grant had friends of all different groups and managed to have a lasting effect on people whether he’d known them for minutes or years. He made friends wherever he went.”

A native of Dallas, Grant graduated in 2005 from Plano West Senior High School. He was awarded scholarships by The Art Institute of Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Kansas City Art Institute. He was also accepted to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. After graduating high school, Grant attended the University of Texas at Austin before his struggle with depression and bipolar disorder led to his suicide death in November 2005 at the age of 19. 

Grant’s passion for life, people, and the arts will continue to touch lives for generations to come through the legacy of art, music, and words he left behind.

“He expressed himself with such ease, whether through his writing, his music, his art or his love for people, that I often forgot how brilliant he was. His skill just flowed so naturally out of who he was. Talent, for Grant, was like breathing.”