Grant Hottle was born in Oklahoma City. He studied at Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands and at the University of Oklahoma, where he received his BFA in 2003. In 2007 he earned his MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Oregon. Hottle currently teaches drawing and painting as a member of adjunct faculty at Clark College in Vancouver, WA and at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. He lives and works in Portland.