This vibrant, original folk art was created by Pam and John Hults of Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Pam, who was born and raised in Lancaster, began creating her folk art in 1979. She uses techniques from the 18th and 19th centuries, creating paper cuttings hand painted in watercolors with pen and ink details on hand dyed paper. The spectacularly beautiful results are a blend of the Pennsylvania German arts of scherenschnitte and fraktur. Pam's husband John then makes his hand painted custom frames for Pam's artwork in his woodshop. Their artwork was featured in Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Traditional American Crafts. We've included a photo of the Hults in the next to last frame.
The central theme of this artwork is tulips, a favorite flower in Pennsylvania folk art. The cutout flowers and foliage are applied on the hand painted paper, above a painted heart outline that contains the quotation "Be joyful at all times, pray without ceasing and give thanks for all things” by Abba Benjamin, who was a holy man of Egypt. Beneath Abba Benjamin's name Pam wrote her signature: P.J. Rankin Hults, the way she signs most of her artwork.
The 1 1/2 inch wide frame John made has two wooden mouldings, the outer one consisting of 1/2 inch thick wood painted black and an inner one painted russet with black specks. Its restrained simplicity is the perfect complement to the artwork. The framed size is 15 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches and the piece weighs 1 1/4 pounds. It's in excellent condition, including the glass, the dust paper on the back and the sawtooth metal hanger. It's an original folk art piece that is a pleasure to own now and an heirloom of the future.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a print, but an original by Pam and John Hults.