Inside the Studio With Ryder Cup Artist Cassy Tully

For Cassy Tully, beautifully textured paintings are par for the course.

It’s tempting to run your fingers along Cassy Tully’s paintings. Each heavily textured piece stands at the crossroads of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional world. And her workspace, a corner studio lined with windows, seems to invite passersby to peer into each one.

To make her relief paintings, Tully mixes acrylic gel mediums with sand or glass beads. The mixture affects the surfaces of her pieces, highlighting different perspectives and creating shadows. She developed her trademark style while studying in Italy, where she found ground-up pigments and mixers at local art shops.


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Now Tully uses relief painting to bring life to one of her favorite subjects: landscapes. Tully explains that when she witnesses a breathtaking landscape, she is driven to capture the image on a canvas. “Landscapes, to me, are God’s creation of art manifested into the world,” she says.

And as far as Tully is concerned, golf courses, with their elaborate layouts and intricate designs, epitomize the beauty of expansive landscapes.

Tully has worked with the National Fitness Foundation and BMW and, recently, the Ryder Cup – the international golf competition that was set to take place this month at the Whistling Straits Golf Course near Sheboygan but has been rescheduled for September 2021. Tully’s artwork will be available on-site during the tournament. 

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Marla Hiller is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a junior at Boston University majoring in international relations and minoring in journalism