Joseph Grenn

Joe is a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He received both Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from Tufts University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in endodontics at Harvard University in 1972. He subsequently moved to San Francisco, established and maintained a private practice, lectured internationally and was a clinical professor at the University of California School of Dentistry from 1972 until his retirement in 2015.

Joe has since dedicated his time to his long time love of oil painting and is the recipient of numerous awards for his paintings in oil on canvas.

Joe’s favorite saying is “Historians tell us what happened, but artists tell us how it felt”. So Joe’s ambition is to capture the feeling of those special people and moments in time that evoked emotion with oil on canvas in his portraits, figures and landscapes.

His particular field of interest is portraying the joy found in cultures not yet influenced by modern society.

Joe's art can be seen on his web site,, ( where one can subscribe to his newsletter, Joe Grenn's Wonderful World of Art) and is represented on laguna He can be found on Instagram at

Joe is a board member of both the Marin Society of Artists and the Marin Open Studios Boards of Directors and is, in addition, a member of the Laguna Plain Air Society, California Art Club and New York's Salmagundi Club.

Joe’s studio is located at 39 Liberty Ship Way in Sausalito. His doors are always open.


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