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"M Kid"

by Joan Tangren Reynolds


Joan was inspired to create a playful young manatee, hoping to give people that same feeling of fun and happiness when they are lucky enough to see a baby manatee in the waters around Southwest Florida.


Joan has always loved to draw, so after her career as a nurse anesthetist, when her 3 children came along, she became a full-time mom and took an oil painting class. She was completely hooked! Her instructor was a former Norman Rockwell student who encouraged her artistic endeavors by pushing her to enter local art shows.

Eventually Joan attended Minneapolis College of Art & Design in Etching & Lithography, and her official art career was launched. Her media is oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, ink and wax, but the subject matter in her paintings has remained the same; landscapes (urban and rural). Painting directly on site or “Plein air” (style of painting outdoors) has been a new inspiration for Joan. Simplifying and composing her artwork to help the viewer feel the work is her ultimate goal.

Joan’s artwork is currently featured at the Everett & Charlie Gallery in Minneapolis and the Sanibel Art and Frame shop.

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