Tim Little’s sculptures were meant to bring a smile to your face

Tim Little made a bison out of bike change and other metal objects. It stands on a hill in Pleasentview, Idaho.

PLEASANTVIEW, ID – In the tiny, Idaho rural town of Pleasantview, located on Idaho State Highway 38 five miles west-southwest of Malad City, there are some strange looking animal sculptures in wheat fields.

Tim Little stands next to the buffalo he made out of scrap metal.

There is a giant crab made out of a car grill and motorcycle gas tanks, a large bison made out of a variety of bike chains and other metal objects. There is a bug-looking creature and some tiny dragons. Those sculptures were made by Tim Little.

Little was an artist and a smile maker. He created things that tickles the funny bone and made people want to study his work, all without a formal education or training. He could look at a dumpster of junk, take a welder and some ingenuity, and make a thing of wonder.

His creations didn’t come from imagination, alone. When he made animals he would study the animals from all sides and make sure of all the dimensions before the welding rod was sparked.

Luke Waldron, a friend, said he had a unique talent of not only creating truly amazing works of art, but in finding the good in others.

Luke and Tim were great friends, said Tim’s wife Teresa.

Tim Little won several awards from different art shows along the Wasatch Front.

“I think they could talk about anything,” she said, “and he saved us.”

“In his art, he worked hard to please and do his very best,” Waldron said. “It was so fascinating to me to watch extreme talent and see what he was going to create next.”

He said as good as Little’s art was, he was known more for having a compassionate heart and being willing to do anything he could to help others.

Little made hundreds of pieces in his short career, some bigger than an automobile and some you could hold in your hand.

My art is feel-good art, I want to have something that lifts you up, makes you feel good,” he said in an interview about a year before his death. “I like to think of my art is putting a smile on your face.”

Things were going great as far his art was concerned. But health issues crept up and he ended up filing Medical Bankruptcy. For his settlement, the lion’s share of his work was auctioned off, leaving him almost nothing.

He moved to the Idaho town of Pleasantview and continued his passion; he built a shop out of a shipping container and some corrugated tin someone gave him.

A bird made from spare parts is one of the many animals Tim Hill made when he was still living.

He made a good impression on the people of nearby Samaria. Then, he left them some of his sculptures.

Little died suddenly of a heart attack in January of 2018, cutting short his life as an artist at just 13 years.

Sean Cudney, a wood sculptor in Wellsville, has a couple of Little’s pieces he’s trying to sell.

He has a small buffalo and a horse standing on its back legs. The money for the sale of the sculptures will go to help Teresa.

“His work is extraordinary; it’s fantastic,” Cudney said. “The effort he put into sculpture by piecing together scraps is extremely difficult.”

“He never really created his art for money,” Teresa said. “The legacy he left was who he was. More than making art and collecting junk, he loved to serve people.”

Even when things got hard financially, Little tried to keep going. His joy was watching people’s reaction to his art.

The art is for sale and can be purchased by contacting Sean Cudney at (435) 374-6335 or Teresa Little (702) 523-7527.

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