Lucy McTier
Born the only child to a career Naval couple, Lucy grew up mostly in the South, but
spent much time alone drawing or running with her brindle Great Dane (in what was
once cow pastures in Waycross, Georgia). When she was not drawing, she was
found climbing her favorite magnolia tree to pelt passersby with seed cones and
dreaming of the future. Her art led her to the University of Georgia in 1975 where she
began working on her graphic design degree and a new relationship with her soon to
be husband, David McTier. They married as juniors in college and after completing
college, Lucy and David moved to his hometown of Wrens, Georgia with a quarter
horse in tow and began their life together on the McTier farm. Three years after
marrying, Lucy and David had their first son, Jace David.

A portraitist since 1979, Lucy has the unique distinction of having both her sons to
not only love art, but to be blessed with the talent to paint as beautifully as she does.
This would not be possible without the unconditional support of her husband, who is
also their best fan. Her oldest son, born in 1980, is her colleague and her
competition. Ty Kimmell, born five years later, is pursuing his love of baseball and
has a promising career in the college and pro fields, and plans to continue painting.

Among the highlights of Lucy McTier's career in art was her opportunity to paint
President Ronald Reagan and present him with his portrait in the Oval Office of the
White House along with her then five-year-old son, Jace, and her husband, David, in
1985. Lucy has work hanging in over 350 public and private collections, and in
several gallery locations. Her work is primarily in oil on linen, but she offers prints of
her work as well. Her wildlife print series features baby loggerhead turtles and other
wildlife in limited edition Cibachrome or digital reproductions.

Lucy also paints children's illustrations, writes prose and poetry, and paints abstracts
as well as realism. She has led several crews of youth to paint Christian murals on
public and private walls in less than six days each, using her original paintings as a
model. On the average, McTier paints eight to fifteen paintings a year, and is
currently painting large landscape/figurative works, religious and commissioned
portraits.

The Art of Golf
The Island Packet Ronald Reagan news article June 14th 2004
2000 Charity Benefit Print for the South Eastern Fire Fighters

Jace David McTier  
Jace David McTier’s first sporting painting was commissioned before the 1996
Equestrian Olympic trials in Thomson, Georgia at the age of sixteen. The painting of
a hunt scene, complete with twenty hounds and four horses and riders, was turned
into McTier’s first limited edition lithograph and was used to benefit Easter Seals.

Soon he was commissioned to paint a large landscape featuring the newest models
for the John Deere Corporation with 5000 limited edition prints- and helped him to be
well on his way as an established artist. Almost immediately, McTier was much sought
after in portraiture and also explored marine wildlife, historical recreations of World
War II and his ever-growing love of sports.

In 2009, McTier teamed up with Angelo Dundee to recreate the history of boxing
through the great trainer’s eyes. To Jace, this was a dream come true. Master works
such as “Titans of 5th St.” as well as his interpretation of the “Phantom Punch” (or
“Anchor Punch” that lifted Sonny Liston off the canvas and propelled Ali on his path
to greatness) have been displayed all over the world and have brought McTier to
meet and paint sporting legends such as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and many
of the boxing world’s greats. McTier’s work has been compared to LeRoy Neiman by
such publications as the world wide “Seconds Out” and many collectors as well as
fans who follow Jace’s work.

“This kid is the next Neiman. LeRoy is a great friend of mine, I helped him get started
in boxing early by inviting him to sketch Carmen Basillio in the 50’s and Jace knows
his stuff. His knowledge of technique and use of color are fantastic! The painting he
did of Ali throwing that right hand against Foreman in Zaire and the picture of Willie
Pastrano, Willie never looked so beautiful! Willie was always a ladies’ man, but the
kid made him look better than real life – Willie would have loved it!” – Angelo Dundee

Jace’s work underscored the talents of Dundee so faithfully that Jace was asked to
allow his work to serve as a tribute on stage for Angelo’s funeral in Tampa, Florida in
early 2012. From the power and beauty of an equestrian event, the grace of tennis
and golf, down to his violently beautiful interpretation of the sweet science of boxing-
Jace captures the athlete’s adrenaline rush on canvas. Recent works include the
middleweight champion, Sergio Martinez, and he has released a line of products
associated with both Sergio and the Miami 5th St. Gym.

The finesse sport of golf challenges McTier to take to the greens not only in spikes,
but to capture with palette knife and brush the best golfers in the sport. Working with
the Press On Fund and budding artist Brennan Simkins, a ten-year-old survivor of
Adult Myeloid Leukemia, Jace has been able to create an Irish assemblage of major
champions centered on a four-leaf clover design. Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke,
Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell (painted on four canvases) are tied
together with the central clover element. With broad strokes and no fear, Brennan
helped Jace begin the series and designed the clover where the paintings join
together. The work is a tribute to the golfing greats of Ireland and to the power of
love for the sport. Jace resides with his wife, Rachel, and their son, Eric, in their
studio home near Augusta, Georgia. View more of McTier’s art by visiting: www.
McTierArt.com.

Jace McTier Remembers a Legend - Angelo Dundee
Jace McTier Portraits of Pugilism
Augusta Chronicle Art of Golf 2012
Brutally Artful
Augusta Chronicle article Sept. 25 1998

Ty Kimmell McTier  
Ty's first oil painting was a beautiful landscape of a mountain under a stormy sky at
the ripe old age of six, but he has since painted many aircraft paintings in scenes
from photographs of his grandfather's (who served during W.W.II in the Air Force).
His keen interest in history has led him into many avenues with his art. His brushwork
is loose and free, and his landscapes are moving. His experience also includes pencil
portraits.

Ty has been hand-carving bows and arrows for hunting; each bow is hand-cut from
fallen trees with a hatchet, carved from staves with a homemade draw knife, file, and
sand paper. Some of his bows have as much as a ninety-pound draw weight, and are
often replicas of either European or Native American designs from local hickory
woods. Ty is now in the process of following his dream to play professional baseball
and is building his own log cabin on the family farm. He will also accept portrait and
landscape commissions.  

Ty McTier's How to make a Long Bow Volume I
ARTICLE IN THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE ABOUT TY AUGUST 4, 2004
TY MCTIER'S ARTICLE IN THE NEWS AND FARMER MARCH 31, 2005
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