Antonio (Andy) Grant is Navajo, Cherokee and Sioux. He is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of Cherokee, NC. Andy comes from a long line of family artisans and credits his mother and father for his skills as an artist. He has been involved in various mediums including beadwork, carving, sculpting, textiles, weaving, painting, basketry and silverwork. From this exposure at an early age, Andy has developed his own style of artwork, specializing in shell carving. He is inspired by the creation story and legends of the Cherokee Tribe as reflected in the various design choices of his work. He is a first generation shell carver, having learned his art form from renowned shell-carver, Dan Townsend. Antonio utilizes Lightening Whelk, Melon Shell, Freshwater Muscle, Wampum Shell, and several other types of shell in his carving. He incorporates trade beads, seed beads, and silver to embellish his work.