Tyler Natyshen, an agent for SYKESHome, makes his living by ear but finds a creative outlet by eye.
As a customer service representative, he says that people like talking to him. “I’m a people person,” he says. “I’m all ears and I like to offer that. I put an emphasis on listening and that is what people really appreciate.”
Off the phone Tyler draws, using a ball-point pen. He began drawing freestyle. “I just tried to innovate. The sky was the limit and I’d just draw and interpret from that, and then continue to draw so it takes a final form that wasn’t necessarily intentional.”
Now he’s more focused on drawing from old, 1930s-era photographs, particularly of animals or people in costumes of a bygone age. “These photos have an old feel to them and you’ll see some weird costume stuff. It’s Halloween costumes from the 1930s where they are trying their best not to be creepy but to us, today, it comes off as creepy. I like exploring that creepier angle.”
It’s a unique approach that suits Tyler. “I’ve just found a natural rhythm with it, in the sense my stuff comes off as its own style with an abstract feel to it.”
He keeps an eye out for photos of animals doing “weird stuff, like a dog wearing a tutu, or cats positioned with actual clothes and in scenarios, like a tea party, or another one where they’re smoking cigarettes.”
Tyler lives on the west coast of Bay St. George in Newfoundland. There was once a U.S. Air Force base near his home, and his town was featured in an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” It was a cool place to grow up, Tyler says.
He began working at SYKESHome about a year ago and took to it right away. “I’ve never worked where I had support at my fingertips. I’ve made good relationships with my trainers and some of those relationships continue to this day. That’s not something you find in a lot of companies, that you can really confide in people.”
While SYKESHome gives Tyler a platform to build professional relationships and help other people, he is still exploring a platform for his art. He’s printed some of his work on tee-shirts, which his sister is helping him sell and can be found at https://www.zazzle.ca/artyshen. He has put more of his work on panels, wood and canvas. Ultimately, he would like to get his work into a gallery.
So, keep an eye out – if you one day see an ink drawing of a 1930s era woman in a horse costume, you’re probably looking at a Tyler Natyshen original.