Diane Tygier named RRAA Artist of the Month

Donna Braud
Diane Tygier

Diane Tygier has been chosen Artist of the Month for February by the River Region Art Association. She will have a display of her works at the RRAA Gallery at Houmas House and will be featured at the RRAA Gonzales Art Center also.  

Tygier's work has been described as fresh, open, immediate, lively and graceful. Her works are recognized and praised by numerous collectors as well as garnering awards around the world. In each of her paintings she tries to convey harmony, serenity and peace.

Her art education began at the University of Minnesota with follow up classes at Fordham University in New York as well as private classes with noted watercolorists Edgar Whitney,  Carl Burger of Princeton and Shirley Elmer.

Prior to the loss of her home’s slate roof in New Orleans (courtesy of Katrina) Tygier painted on canvas, designed fabric, jewelry, furniture and lamps. However, “if you're handed a lemon, make lemonade” so she has turned her creativity to painting on slate giving new life to antique slate just as new life has been infused into New Orleans.

For many years Tygier and her former business partner owned and operated Tygier Knight Galleries on Royal Street in the French Quarter.  

After relocating to Gonzales due to Katrina, she stopped painting for almost two years.  Crediting River Region Art Association with renewing her connection with other artists and spurring her excitement in painting once more, she now is a regular exhibitor at the RRAA Galllery at Houmas House. There you will find a selection of her popular slate paintings.  Travelers from all over the world choose to take a remembrance of Louisiana in one of Tygier’s works of art.