Artist of Vintage American Nostalgia
A View From Outside
Pat Little is a master of a lost tradition now found in her fine
paintings of antique wooden art images and framed signage.
Pat's style can perhaps be accurately described as rich in a
traditional look of VINTAGE AMERICAN NOSTALGIA, but that
says little to illustrate the rare quality of her work.
Pat's love of art and framing began as a very young child. She
was raised on the plains of the rural Midwest filled with family
vegetable and flower gardens, horses, livestock, carousals from
a traveling circus, visions of the wild west, and the splendor of
the outdoors and wildlife all about. Over the years, she can't
remember a time when she wasn't drawing or painting at every
turn of her life.
At one point some 30 years ago, she worked commercially as a
sign painter for businesses and began to add unique art,
illustrations and design compositions to her work. From there on
Today, from her own nostalgic white wooden vintage art studio
on a farm in West Kansas, Pat continues her work with a corral of
horses watching over her shoulder. The same love for simplicity,
which fills the well worn chair she continues to work in, amazes us
with ever new and uniques, fine time honored paintings.
Equally at home with painting honored subjects from a country
garden to wildlife, to western and outdoor themes, as well as
many others, Pat captures with the addition of genuine antique
lettered accents, compositions with an extra special interest and
unrivaled depth. They're a stand alone story, a poetic verse in
paint illustrations and time.
Pat's paintings seem to capture the very presence of a long ago
yesterday and a careful yearning for those pleasant and simpler
times. They're filled with the kind of authentic details you would
expect from someone who loves to search archives and old
bookstores for inspiration.
On an unusual note, her mastery of art, technique and
composition crosses all barriers in subject and form. Pat's
multi-dimensional expertise is expressed in painting vintage
images with carefully crafted lettering styles. Her paintings of
fruit, flowers, wildlife, and people, along with authentic antique
objects and images, cover a very broad rang of subjects. This
indeed, is very rarely found in a solitary artist. With such
diversity and all so wonderfully fulfilled, Pat has for the last 30
years enjoyed a special public acclaim and privileged success.
Pat's husband Wayne, a master craftsman and woodworker in his
own right, makes a meaningful contribution to Pat's work. He has
worked full-time, crafting and construction the antique wooden
substrate she paints on. He procures the raw material for her
work by identifying and disassembling antique wooden buildings
and weathered structures that would otherwise be destine for
destruction. Many unique and innovative tools and techniques
have been custom built to produce a finished product with
exacting detail and tight tolerances. This is especially difficult
considering that mos all of the procured materials from these
worn and weathered structures are often bent, warped and
** Compiled by David Fitch of Rogers, AR.