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.
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.
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.