Joel Schoon Tanis


Joel is a celebrated painter who has shown his work around the United States – from Michigan to Florida to Colorado to Washington D.C..  Joel has also shown his work as far away as Kenya where he did an art show in Nairobi to raise money for the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.  His murals can be found in many schools, children’s hospitals and churches (including murals in both Kenya and Zambia).  

As an illustrator, Joel has contributed to more than a half a dozen books for children.  Most notably, he illustrated the New International Reader’s Version Kid’s Study Bible for Zondervan.  He won the “Moonbeam Children’s Book Award” for his book Swing!.  His latest book is The One, The Only Magnificent Me!  He often speaks to schools about illustration and the creative process. 

Joel says this about his work: “I strive to view God’s world through a child-like lens – full of color, whimsy and honesty.  To accomplish this, I often juxtapose kid-like drawings with more realistic paintings while occasionally adding a few written lines of kid thought in an effort to help people consider a familiar story or part of nature with new eyes.  I won’t say much more - I think if you need to explain art too much it’s like explaining why a joke is funny.  You might ‘get’ the joke, but it won’t make you smile.  I do hope that people ‘get’ the whimsy of my paintings and that the results do make them smile.”  

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Barry  has had prominent commercial photography studios (since 1974) in St. Louis, Chicago, Boston,  & New York City... photographing primarily fashion and sports advertising used for numerous national campaigns by clientele such as; Nike, Gatorade, Callaway Golf, Lands End, Filenes.  Photographing supermodels including Cindy Crawford, Iman, Kathy Ireland and sports icons Michael Jordan, Alex Rodriquez, Greg Norman,  led to the publishing of his hardcover portrait book which made the NY Times best seller list. His photographs have also appeared in national publications such as; Time Magazine, Town and Country, Sports Illustrated, NY Times, Rolling Stone, Elle, Cosmopolitan and many others.

Although formally educated in Fine Art the precise nature of professional photography has contributed greatly to Barry's oil painting career which has also spanned over 30 years...including a one man show at the prestigious Cooley Gallery in Connecticut as well as galleries in New York City and Chicago. His landscape paintings have been placed in foremost corporate collections such as The Boston Sheraton, Raytheon Corporation, Kemper insurance, Delta Airlines and into numerous private collections.

Paintings : Barry's paintings are a  contemporary interpretation of traditional impressionism best describes my approach to painting the beauty of the fields, skies and water of the natural landscape.

Photographic Portraits : Barry and his wife Carolyn (who's stunning career as a fashion model spanned over 20 years appearing in numerous national publications including Vogue, Town and Country & Elle) are working together offering two types of portrait sessions. One of a kind artist signed classically sculpted lighting studio sessions to be handed down generation to generation and also commercial photography. 


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