Since the early 1980's, David Little's paintings have captured the essence of Maine. He continues to explore, always finding new ways to view areas such as the Katahdin Region and the coastal islands.
The Islesford Dock Gallery is showing David's landscapes as well as several of his abstract works. His range is exciting.
In an article in the Bar Harbot Times, Nicols Fox wrote, His paintings of the coast are filled with atmosphere - literally. It is possible to feel the quality of air on the particular day on which they were painted. The fog of one is thick and wet. In another the warm dry air opens up the contours of the vista. Little's signature is his quiet romance with subtle color.
I started painting on Cranberry Island in Sept of 1980. I remember it was very cold and I wore gloves and a wool cap. That year my uncle, the artist William Kienbusch, passed away in NY leaving his summer place on Cranberry to my brother Carl and me.
Over the ensuing years I have spent many weeks in summer and fall exploring and painting Cranberry Island and the views from it, and have many fond memories of dinners and art conversations with the older generation of artists that summered there. Removed from the distractions of job and the fast pace of Portland I could settle in to the quirky rhythms of island life. Focus on the light and moods of intimate offshore views, mountains, ocean, roses, using the time and tide charts to plot my adventures.
Cranberry has always held for me those secret places of beauty wherein I can grow and if necessary, fail with excitement. Whether bicycling to the end of the island to paint on Crow Island or working in the studio on an oil pastel the connection is there- to this place, this island in time and spirit. The Cranberry Isles are special places - I am grateful for my uncle's enduring gift.