ANTONIA TYZ PEEPLES
She was born Antonia Tyz in New Britain. Her father, Walter, was an amateur photographer and prison guard who shot news photos of the deadly Hartford circus fire. Her mother, ...Read more...Susan, who died when Antonia was 15, was an Impressionist painter who devoted most of her energies to raising Antonia and her brother.
When it was time to go to college, she enrolled in every art class at Eastern Connecticut State University that she could find, but art was not offered as a major, and she didn't want to go into teaching. She left after two years and enrolled in the Silvermine Guild of Art in New Canaan. "It was a very intense experience. The art teachers were great; it was very out-of-the-box at the time." After one year, short on funds, she decided to leave the two-year program, even though one of her professors tried to talk her out of it. "I appreciated his talk, but I left because I just couldn't afford it," she said.
The work starts not in the studio but along the shore, mostly in Rhode Island from Westerly to Narragansett, with Charlestown being a favorite spot. Tyz Peeples does not paint on location, but she takes dozens of photographs to bring back to her studio.