Tim Tyler’s youth was spent in sunny Arizona, California and Oklahoma amid open spaces, around cowboys and thunderstorms, and, many art museums. At age fourteen his first painting commission was undertaken; Scottsdale Galleries were hanging his work before he was 20. He worked for years holding a day job working for aviation, construction and petroleum companies, painting at night/weekends until his work began to sell sufficiently for him to become a full-time artist. Once he made the transition, the long hours were then simply spent at the easel. He also began doing bronze sculptures at age 19. In college he studied Fine Art as well as Architecture. His early paintings were still lifes and landscapes inspired by Remington and Bierstadt. With increasing education and international exposure his maturing perceptions began drifting towards figurative masters, JS Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla. He continued to consign work to galleries from Scottsdale to Connecticut, eventually exhibiting in over one hundred galleries, via consignments or in special exhibitions. His work began getting awards and art magazines began noticing his work. Museum exhibitions then began and he opened an art gallery of his own.
During the decade of his forties, he began teaching workshops around the nation with a few summer workshops in Europe especially Italy, where he devoted himself to becoming a gnocchi connoisseur. Nearly every trip was undertaken with some of his five children, giving them a broad geographic, social and historic perspective. His native state of Oklahoma commissioned seven historic paintings from him; six hang in the state capitol. His work has shown in over 60 art galleries across the United States and in several juried museums exhibitions yearly.