based on my late Great
Granddaddy Little Jim
Davenport. He is known
for his character, storytelling
ability, quick wit,
overalls, felt hat,
and his one arm.
Children thought he
a cross between Santa
Claus and the Boogey
Man. Within minutes
of being around Little
Jim, children would
be crawling all over
him laughing. It was
like he became "Little
Jim the Jungle Gym ". He also had
the same sort of appeal to adults.
Little Jim was just one of those rare persons
you felt fortunate to know. Little
Jim was not afraid of work either,
being a saw mill worker and farmer
most of his life.
Little Jim met misfortune at a young
age in a tragic sawmill accident on Friday the 13th 1928,
when he lost his right arm just
below his elbow. Even after this
tragedy he never thought of himself
as handicapped or that he no longer
had choices. The fields still needed
to be plowed and chores needed
to be done. I can remember
Little Jim in the field with Old
Dixie (our mule) plowing to this
day. Little Jim was the oldest of
11 children, born on May 7, 1883.
Little Jim lived to be 93. He pasted
away on January 28, 1976.
With all that being said, this is
the start of my vision. One morning
I woke up thinking about my Granddaddy
and I decided that I was going to
do a piece of artwork bearing the
likeness of him. With nothing more
than an old piece of plywood, I
cut out a "Little Jim" and
painted it up like Granddaddy. Doing
pop/folk art was a total new approach
I had been working
with photographic realism
with my drawings and
paintings, so folk art
was a new thing for
me. When the
old timers heard
what was going on with
Granddaddy and the Little
Jim Project they were
thrilled to hear that
Little Jim was back.
Friends and collectors
started buying Little
Jim's almost as fast
as I could make them.
Each Little Jim has
sayings written on the back
of them taken directly
Little Jim Storybook
a personal family album
written by my mother.
People started taking "Little Jim" on
road trips, photographing him by state
lines, in clubs, with their families
and so on. They would email pictures
of Little Jim's travels to me
and he became an overnight phenomenon.
The marketing abilities for "Little
Jim" are quite enormous. I am being
approached with so many marketing stratagies
for Granddaddy that I am sometimes overwhelmed.
I'd like to see Little
Jim go global and see the establishment
of a Little Jim Foundation for children
and adults who have been left handicapped
due to misfortune.
To think all this started with nothing
more than a dream, an old piece of
plywood, and the love and fond memories
of Great Granddaddy "Little Jim" Davenport.
Here is your chance to get involved
and become a part of the "Little Jim" Global
First you will need to purchase a Little
Jim. All Little Jim's are original pieces
of art, signed and numbered by me, the
artist Al Garnto. Prices start at $50.00.
Send me your interesting photos and
I will post them on Little
Business and individual sponsorships
are available. Sponsors recieve an original signed and numbered Little Jim, official sponsorship on Little Jim's website, and your Little Jim photos with business logo and contact information. Prices start at $100 per month.
I can only imagine all the places Little
Jim will go to be photographed. The
possibilities are endless and I know
the real Little Jim loved to travel.
I dream of seeing Little Jim by the
Eiffel Tower, by the Egyptian Pyramids,
backstage at U2 concerts, and so forth.
So what are you waiting for? Send me
your pictures of Little Jim's adventures
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for being a part of my vision
and sharing in the "Little Jim" Global