I strive to view the world through a child-like lens — full of color, whimsy and honesty. For my entire career I have often juxtaposed kid-like drawings with “realistic” images, while occasionally adding a few written lines of “kid thought”. Other paintings have a more storybook feel. They still borrow from a whimsical, even child-like view, but are more inform in approach. In all of the above I try to paint loosely and full of energy. 


40: The Biblical Story

40: The Gospels

Original Work

Print Gallery


I often paint for families, churches and children’s hospitals. Sometimes I work directly with a child to create a piece of art. Commissions start at $1500. 

The process of working with me on a commission piece looks like this:

  1. I will ask you a series of questions that include, medium, size, style (“kid-like” or “serious”) and theme. This can happen on the phone, in person or through email.
  2. I will write out a description of the piece, and when applicable provide at least two phrases when text is being incorporated in the painting (the whimsical kid-like bits).
  3. I will edit when needed, and then after final approval of the concept will paint! It’s as easy as that.

Gallery Representation

Armstrong DeGraaf International Fine Art
403 Water St, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Armstrong DeGraaf has an impressive collection of artists from all around the world (hence the “International” bit).  If you want to find challenging but accessible and beautiful work, head over there.  They will be happy to sell you a Joel Schoon Tanis original too!

Uptown Gallery & Frame Shop
56 E Lakewood Blvd #60, Holland, MI 49424

Prints are available at Uptown Gallery & Frame Shop in Holland, Michigan.