Tom Tyler graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in studio art. He studied under Josephine Rollins, well-known regionalist, and nationally-known oil painter, Cameron Booth. Since then Tyler has been influenced by his studies of Chaim Soutine and the German Expressionists who worked during the first have of the twentieth century.

Tyler concentrates on acrylic painting and water color. Currently, his work hands in private collections throughout the country; and he exhibits in galleries in New Mexico and St. Paul.

Tyler's paintings have appeared in national and regional shows where he has won numerous awards. His art has also been used on the cover of a CD album.

"For me the important things in a painting are color, intensity, and power. You can see these attributes in all great art from a fifteenth century Pisanello to a twentieth century Chagall. When art has these strengths it will deliver eternal pleasure. It will never become ordinary, or too familiar."

Tyler's paintings show intense expression whether in a figurative work or in a landscape. In all of his paintings he uses intense color and often applies paint in thick layers, which adds to the expression of the work.

He lives and teaches art in Minneapolis, Minnesota.