American Folk Traditions features the work of Tim Wilson in the traditions long associated with self-taught American artists over the centuries. Unlike the academic artists and trained craftspeople of their time, these "naive" artisans painted fanciful versions of portraits, still life and landscape paintings often in hand crafted frames. Decorative objects such as furniture, boxes and other household pieces were often decorated and embellished so that even the most humble home could have "fancy things." Since exotic woods and fine veneers were unavailable to most, simple pine or poplar was painted to resemble mahogany, curly maple or burl wood.
Whittlers passed their spare time producing whimsical carvings, small toys for their children as well as birds, fish and other wildlife for use as decoys or decoration.
Hand painted trade and tavern signs were early advertising devices welcoming travelers along America's byways to an inn or business establishment. These too have become collectible as wall art.
Antique American folk objects and furniture are becoming harder to find in the marketplace today. American Folk Traditions aims to replicate the spirit of those pieces. Some are inspired by actual antiques while others are original designs evoking the feeling of a time long gone. Each piece from American Folk Traditions has the distinction of being a hand painted and crafted work to be enjoyed for generations to come.