Lyle’s first memories of art are from childhood in Kansas City where her grandmother was dorm mother to women art students at the Kansas City Art Institute. “I loved the smell of the paint, the blotches of color on their clothing, and the beautiful images that seemed to magically appear on the canvasses.” That is when she decided to study art.
After her family moved to Arizona she put her love of art aside deciding to take her mother’s advice and found a career in landscape design in Tucson. Drawing and design kept her creative spirit alive. She married and moved to Madera Canyon with her husband, David, where they operated an inn for more than thirty years. She studied watercolor with local artists and painted when she could.
David and Lyle sold their inn and moved to Rio Rico, Arizona where she rented studio space in Tubac and discovered oils. She taught herself by reading and watching videos of her favorite artists and was able to take classes from several oil painters who she admired.
Her work is shown at her own studio/gallery and boutique in Tubac, Arizona. Lily’s is located at 19 Tubac Road in the Mercado de Baca Plaza. She is a member of Tubac Center For The Arts, American Women Artists, and has been juried into Oil Painters of America as an associate member. Her work has been juried into local competitions and hangs in homes, churches, and offices around the country.