“Painting is exciting and can be fun. Everybody should strive to do it.”
Carl Tyler was born on June 13, 1962. He is originally from the Bay Area, San Francisco, but now resides in sunny Southern California. Carl lives with cerebral palsy and makes art at UCPLA Washington Place, where he attends the program two days a week. “The program contributed to my life and I now have a sense of purpose. It’s the best program for me in LA. They support all my artistic endeavors.”
Carl loves sports and some of his most prized possessions include his San Francisco Giants championship ring replicas which he wears on a chain daily. He loves to share the stories of these rings with new people he meets and talk about sports. He spends the majority of his time at the UCPLA art program creating art depicting prominent sports figures, basketball stars, and recently, Rocky Balboa. Carl enjoys accepting commissions to paint local or national sports heroes, interpreting each personality in his unique style.
Carl creates his art using adaptive technology created by the UCPLA art program. He paints with an adaptive grip tool that helps hold the the paintbrush; by completing the painting in taped-off sections, Carl achieves large portraits with bold colors. He then spends time capturing the unique details of each face with finer details utilizing paint and penstrokes.
Carl makes art because he deeply enjoys the process and the challenges he overcomes while doing it. When asked about his artistic practice, Carl says: “I feel something special when I am making art. What I love about making art is seeing what I can do on my own. It is very exciting.” His medium of choice is painting because it allows him freedom to be creative. “When making art, I feel energized and empowered. Art is important to me because it expands my horizon.”
Carl’s is a story of incredible resilience, will, determination and creativity. He shares an anecdote related to his birth: “I was told that I died five times when I was first born, yet I survived! It took a lot of patience and perseverance and family support for me to have been able to overcome the challenges of life. Especially from my mother and older brother.” Carl is proud to be able to share his art, his story, and his painted sports heroes with a larger platform through ArtLifting!read more
Prints by Carl Tyler
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