Illustrator, realist painter, teacher and lecturer Grant Tyson Reynard was born in 1887 in Grand Island, Nebraska. When he was 19, Reynard left Grand Island to attend the Chicago Art Institute and alter the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, paying his own way by doing odd jobs.
He got his first job in Chicago as the art editor of “Redbook” magazine, where he met some of the top illustrators in the country. Reynard went to New York where he studied with Harvey Dunn and within a year, he was working for magazines such as “Collier’s”, “Country Gentleman”, “Woman’s Home Companion” and the “Saturday Evening Post”. Most of his illustrations were done in charcoal, but he also utilized other media and began exhibiting independently as a fine artist and etcher.
Beginning in 1946, Reynard traveled, taught and lectured at over 200 American colleges and served as the President of the Montclair, New Jersey Art Museum.