Local artist has painting featured on new 'Reminder Gold Pages' cover
By Andrew J. Concatelli - ReminderNews Assistant Editor
Hebron - posted Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
Hebron artist Diana Wythe Tyler often gets so involved with painting that she feels as though she is transported to another place. “When I’m painting something, I lose track of time and feel like I’m inside the picture,” Tyler said. “I don’t even get up to eat when I’m painting.”
One of Tyler’s paintings, “Colchester Center,” is featured on the cover of the Reminder Gold Pages’ new East Hartford/Glastonbury/Colchester 2014 directory, which is being distributed to area homes and businesses this month. The directory includes the towns of Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Hebron, Marlborough and Moodus.
“Colchester Center” is a prime example of the type of subjects that inspire Tyler the most. “It’s a nice group of old buildings and a good composition as well,” she said of the piece. “I do images in a lot of places in this area that are recognizable about the town.”
Tyler’s favored medium is watercolors, and she also creates limited-edition prints from the originals at her home studio in Hebron. “Watercolor is a difficult medium to paint outside… I do pencil sketches on site and take photos for reference when I’m painting,” she explained.
The artist has been pursuing her creative passion for most of her life. “I did my undergrad work at University of Hartford, then I taught art at the high school level at RHAM High School for 14 years,” Tyler said. “During that time, at night I got my master’s degree in art education at Central Connecticut State. I started selling my work the last couple years I was teaching, and realized I didn’t have time to do both. I retired from teaching in 1985 to devote myself full-time to art.”
She said she likes to paint things to which people can easily relate: Connecticut shoreline scenes, town centers, historical buildings, classic sailboats. “I try to do things that have general appeal to people in the area,” Tyler said. “A lot of my nautical scenes or scenes on the shoreline are due to the fact that my husband and I love sailing on Long Island Sound.” Tyler said she often captures scenes from the deck of “Watercolors,” a sailboat she and her husband, Bill Drinkuth, have sailed from Maine to the Bahamas.
Tyler’s favorite subjects change with the season. “In summer, I tend to gravitate toward liking the ocean pictures; in winter, the snow pictures,” she said. The time it takes her to complete her painting varies incredibly, as some are more detailed and complicated than others.
The painter loves seeing her work appreciated by a diverse audience, and is happy to have “Colchester Center” featured on the cover of the Reminder Gold Pages. Tyler’s work is now represented in private and corporate collections throughout the country and abroad.
Tyler said that although she rarely has her work featured in gallery exhibits, she does bring displays to arts and crafts fairs all over Connecticut. “And since I have my own studio, I have an open house at my studio once or twice a year,” Tyler said. “People can come anytime by appointment.”
For information about how to contact Tyler, and to see more of her artwork, visit her website, www.dianatylerwatercolors.com.