My name is Heath Little (according to my birth certificate )
but everybody calls me LITTLE HEATH .
I have lived all my life in outback Australia working hard on the land doing stuff like mustering , shearing , fencing , wheat harvesting & welding . I've done a bit of rodeo & wood choppin at Country Shows & won a few prizes .
Ten or 12 years ago , I met an old bloke doing a landscape painting on the side of the road which runs from Cobar to Gunderbooka . He told me he was once a gold prospector who had struck it rich when he found some nuggets up behind Hill End . Which enabled him to retire and live the dream and be an artist . Any way he called himself a " plein air " landscape artist and was trained at the Julian Ashton art school when he was younger . He was generous enough to show me how to do an oil painting . I dabbled a bit and over time got hooked on the smell of canvas & linseed oil and have continued ever since .
My studio is an old wool shed , ( which is haunted by the ghost of a shearer who dropped dead on the job back in the 1950s wool boom ) . Someone said I am a colourist which sounds right , cause out here in the bush , colours are rich and vibrant with amazing sunsets and sunrises .
My paintings are about Australian people and the wild life in big open landscapes where you can see for ever . I enjoy painting birds from tiny finches flocking in a tree , to Wedge Tail Eagles gliding a thermal and colourfull parrots in the sky.
I have driven all over Australia and seen the beauty and harshness of the landscape . And seen people do all soughts of funny and strange things as they go about their daily lives. Which is what ends up as scenes in my paintings.
For inspiration, as I paint a new canvas , is to listen to Paul Kelly , Cold Chisel , Keith Urban , Pink Floyd .( on full volume ...hell yeah !!) Dr Penfolds is also inspirational. I rarely think about what I will paint, I just begin and see what develops . Its like looking into a crystal ball and seeing the past or future.
And by the way , my paintings look much better in real life than in these photos. So I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed painting them.
Your Artist in the bush ,