Don Tiller’s artistic career began early in his youth, when he would spend hours drawing cartoon characters, animals, cars and rocket ships, on anything that would hold a mark whether it be scrap paper, cardboard or board ends. His artistic path would take him through college and into the next decade, to then be put on hold as he ran two successful businesses and helped raise a family. His passion to paint was able to be released again 25 years later when he decided to pursue a full time art career. Together with his wife Jolene, also an artist and graphic designer, they implemented a marketing plan that opened the door to gallery representation for Don’s art that spread across the United States.
The Artist’s Magazine highlighted Don’s artistic achievements in the “Artists over 60” segment of their March 2008 issue. They then selected his painting “Suppertime”, along with an accompanying feature article, for the cover of the July/August issue. His work has been featured in other national publications including Western Art Collector and Watercolor Artist where he was asked to write an article for their “Creativity Workshop” column explaining how layering and glazing with fluid acrylics allows him to achieve the dynamic color and depth in his paintings.
Don’s painting process begins with a sketchbook filled with ideas and thumbnail sized drawings. His idea for connecting people and places has inspired many multi-paneled series of paintings. Each series depicts individual landscapes that flow visually from one panel into the next, forming a mural of sorts. Everyone who purchases one of these paintings will be connected to the others in a subliminal way--not unlike real life connections.
Don shares his layering and glazing techniques in workshops and private classes. His award winning contemporary acrylic paintings are displayed in both private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. Ventana Fine Art welcomed Don Tiller and his uplifting paintings in January 2018.