delraymag01Talin Lyman (formerly Johnson) -
Profile by Sally J. Ling.
Photography by Diane Bradford

Entering the Paradise Salon and Spa in Delray Beach, a cornucopia of art greets you - botanical murals, faux Portuguese fountain tiles, large floral prints on canvas and a palm leaf ceiling medallion. The style is eclectic, yet the theme remains truly tropical - all bright, all bold, all Talin Lyman. Whether it be from her garage studio or customer job sites, she has made it her life's work to create and does so under the umbrella of her company, Talin Tropic.

"I love tropical climates, foliage and themes. Even in historic paintings and frescos those elements are beautiful and exotic. Now it's popular, but that theme has always appealed to me," Lyman said.

At 42, Lyman is an accomplished artist whose client list reads like a whose who. Two grand frescos, each covering more than 120 square feet, adorn walls at the Intercontinental Hotels in Tuscany and Rome. Her hand-painted fabrics are sold at Nessen Tropical Fabrics and Wallcoverings at DCOTA in Dania Beach. Rainier Neuman, caterer to Donald Trump and other notables, fashions her exclusive fabric designs for his home. Dennis Max, famed South Florida restaurateur, owns her paintings, and a commissioned mural adorns a wall in a U.S. vice president's winter home in the Keys.

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When Talin Lyman (formerly Johnson) majored in art at college, she never pictured herself 40 feet in the air on a cherry picker painting a tropical mural on a building.

But as demand for her artwork increases, she frequently finds herself on scaffolding, she said.

The Hypoluxo resident, formerly of Delray Beach, while still working as a piano teacher, has a line of hand-painted furniture and colorful, tropical fabrics called Lyman Cottage, which was introduced to buyers at the furniture market in High Point, N.C., last fall.

"She's in a league all of her own," said Jim Cameron, sales manager for South Sea Rattan Collection/Fairfax Home in North Carolina.

Although Hurricane Wilma cut into show attendance, her line did well and is expected to be successful, he said.

This isn't Lyman's first venture into fabric design. She has designed fabric and wall coverings for Bill Nessen, owner of Nessen Showroom at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach for seven years.

Some of the fabrics and murals she has created have been displayed in Architectural Digest, Coastal Living and Florida Design, Nessen said.

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OrchidsAnyone who drove down A1A in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea when Mack's Grove was still there got a chance to see Talin Lymna-Johnson;s colorful, 40 ft. tall, tropical mural.  It was painted on the side of the fresh fruit and gift store where all Florida snowbirds stopped in the winter to ship a crate of fresh oranges to their friends and neighbors in the cold climes of New York and Boston.




Talin Adds a Touch of Tropics to South Sea Rattan/Fairfax Space

AT THE MARKET - Artist Talin Lyman is bringing a touch of the tropics to the South Sea Rattan Collection/Fairfax Home Furnishings here.

Talin, as she is known professionally, is known for her oversized interior and exterior murals that dot South Florida. Here, she is painting her tropical designs on accent pillows for retailers that place big orders. She will be in the showroom of the International Home Furnishings Center, space H-744, through Sunday.

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Everyone needs a little madness in their life... "Monet Madness" that is!  What is "Monet Madness" you ask? Well at Talin's Tropical Studio on any given day you can find a party, or "Monet Madness" going on.  Recently, Hope Sargeant, of Delray Beach, hosted a party for seven of her friends on her 6th birthday.  Each guest word a beret and an artist's smock as they painted ala Monet for two hours under the tutelage of artist Talin Lyman.


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I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Talin when she was designing a collection of hand painted furniture pieces. Her artistry and attention to detail was exceptional. Her professionalism was admirable and her relaxed and friendly personality was refreshing. She charmed everyone she came in contact with. She is a true Southern Lady with phenomenal talent and a way of looking at things that reminds me of Georgia O'Keefe. I am pleased to have some hand painted artwork from Ta...

David Cohen