Clive Tyler, of Ft. Collins, Colorado and now Santa Fe, calls himself an ‘environment painter’ due to his realistic depictions of the plein air settings in which he paints. Clive often finds himself thrown into painting a subject when a wild animal crosses his path to graze. To Clive, his painting is an opportunity to relay his experience in nature to his viewers:
“I’m trying to recreate the experience I had, personally, when I was outside. It’s more about the emotional state, or something that seemed new to me even though I’ve probably seen it all my life.”
His work has consistently won many honors and awards, including 3rd place (out of 3000) in Best of Show at the international South Eastern Wildlife Expo (Feb. 2011), Best of Show & First Place, 2010 Windows to the Divine Paint Out, Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Pastel Journal Contest (2009), Best of Show Plein Air Artists Colorado 12th Annual Exhibition (2008), Multiple Awards, Pastel Journal Magazine (2008 & 2007), People’s Choice Award, Rocky Mountain Plein Air National (2007 & 2005), and Best of Show, Museum of Outdoor Arts (2003). He’s an elected member of the Pastel Society of America and a signature member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.