Manatee Madness on Sanibel 2021 Artist

Joan Tangren Reynolds

Manatee Name

Blue M

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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.

“A manatee is large and cumbersome, but moves easily in the water,” says Joan. “BLUE ‘M’ depicts a peaceful, quiet animal, slow moving and docile.”

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.) She’s shown her work across the mid-west over the years and is currently featured at the Everett & Charlie Gallery in Minneapolis and the
Sanibel Art and Frame shop.