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Born November, 1983 in Melrose Park, Illinois, Lyle Polyak relocated to Clearwater, Florida in the summer of 2005 where he attended Eckerd College, majoring in Mathematics and Physics. A nature lover and avid traveler, his artwork showcases the charm of Florida, found in its beach culture, history, heritage and natural beauty. His artwork and illustrations have been featured in contests and art shows in the Greater Tampa Bay Area and are used in the advertisements and bulletins of local businesses and churches. He strives to attain recognition as a 'storyteller artist' whose works lead people to a richer appreciation of nature and history. 

"Tell a wonderful story."

This simple phrase sums up my artist's statement and it is the driving desire behind my art. Art is a language I use, It's a vehicle to converse about an event, without using words, and to summon into your psyche the essence of an individual, real or imaginary. Influenced by the whimsical illustrations that I penned early in my career, my realist style introduces a meaningful scene, or a recollection, in storybook fashion. I'm not trying to document a moment in time for posterity, but rather to weave a visual tale, rich in emotion and detail, emphasizing the qualities that make it special, and spurring the viewer to explore the page and imagine, "What's happening here?" I should like to be considered a 'storyteller artist' like my idol Norman Rockwell, capturing scenes rather than places and personalities rather than portraits. My purpose is to bring you into a tale, to rope you with detail and flashes of color. As you gaze deeper, and notice the surprise hues that underpin the scene, attentive viewers will also notice hints and visual cues in much of my art, that include you in an unfolding plot. A scene that at first seemed commonplace now expands and exposes its intrigues. Ask what's happening. Put yourself in this place and ponder what occurs next. Look into the eyes of the person I’ve painted and ponder who they are, what they're like and, most importantly, what they've experienced.
The Long Game

Over the course of many years, since my graduation from college, I have strived to nurture my skills in the visual arts, and to bring my artwork to the marketplace to make it a self-sustaining endeavor. I have had the pleasure of meeting several individuals on the same journey toward mastery and recognition. I can say with certitude, that the majority of the nation's artistic talent goes unknown and uncelebrated due to a lack of exposure. I have seen artistic prodigies overlooked by professional galleries and museums, who favor established names and studios instead. These same modern masters lack the funding and access to professionally reproduce and showcase their greatest works. For these individuals, TMAF Art & Design, LLC was founded, to bring under-recognized talents the means to affordably acquire inventory and market their work. Moreover, TMAF is the starting point for a greater mission...

Talentum Meritus is Latin for "Earned Talent," a phrase synonymous with the daily practice that brings all artists to mastery of their craft. It is the name of an undertaking to be jumpstarted by TMAF Art & Design, a project that seeks to breathe life into an eventual full-scale, curated art museum, to house the works of local under-recognized talents and supply meeting space, lecture halls and classrooms for masters of the field to train young minds in the craft. TMAF Art & Design, as a business, brings me in touch with corporations and cooperatives inspired by artists, and through these interactions, this dream becomes more tangible with every passing day.

A Word of Thanks

"If there's one thing that experience has taught me, it's that no one achieves their goals alone. The world is full of individuals with potential. There are countless stories of men and women, with incredible skill, who have gone uncelebrated. It is my view that success, if attained, does not come from talent, but rather the bravery to share our talent that first time, the drive to continue in the face of difficulty, and the good fortune of having friends and family who support us, motivate us and put our cause before other individuals of like mindset. Therefore, I would like to recognize individuals in my life, who have, and continue to, motivate me to strive for success in my goals." 

Thank you to the local businesses, venues and societies which promote TMAF...

Art Warehouse, owner John Dunn -
Brandon Center Place -
Carollwood Cultural Center -
City of Pinellas Park, City Hall -
Clearwater Free Clinic -
Galleries on the Go -
Largo Public Library's Gallery 120 -
Ruth Eckerd Hall -
Saint Petersburg College -
Stirling Art Studio and Gallery -
Suntan Art Center -
St. Cecelia's Catholic Church -
St. Augustine Art Association -
The Beach Art Center -
The Egmont Key Alliance -
The Exhibiting Society of Artists -
The Greater Largo Library Foundation -
The Pinellas Park Art Society

A special thanks to...
Arlen Thorensen, who first motivated me to set my artwork before the public
Captain Robert Barrett, an inspiration to me, a man who never gave up on his goals.
Richard Jansen, visual artist
Barbara Lewis, visual artist and musician
And the artists of PPAS,
"Self portrait in professional attire."

Lyle Polyak,
Illustrator, Owner

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715 Pinellas Street,
Suite # 6
Clearwater, FL 33756