Self portrait at age 8.   

David Estey is an improvisational painter in Belfast, Maine. He was born in 1942 at Fort Fairfield in northern Maine. He had no art in school and taught himself to draw and paint.

He has a BFA degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a MSA degree in public administration from George Washington University. He studied a year in Rome, took 25 courses at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and attended four sessions at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

He had a 31-year federal career, including four years illustrating for the army and 23 years managing public affairs for IRS. He was spokesperson for tax cases on Nixon, Agnew and Watergate; started his own radio and TV programs; and wrote thousands of news releases, PSAs, newsletters and policies on communications.

He married a woman from Vienna, Austria and raised two children.
He also lived, taught, exhibited and sold his art in Baltimore/Washington; Philadelphia, PA; Charlotte, NC and Mid-Coast Maine. He now has produced over 95 sketchbooks, several hundred paintings and original prints, and several thousand drawings, a total of over ten thousand pieces of art. He has had 22 solo exhibits, been in over 75 group and juried shows, earned 13 first-place awards, and been the subject of well over 100 articles and interviews. His work is in many corporate, institutional and private collections in 19 states and seven countries. In 2014 he published a humorous, illustrated, and well-received memoir.

‚ÄčIn 2016 he published an 84-page book with 217 pieces of art entitled,"David Estey - A 65 Year Retrospective," in conjuction with a major exhibition with the same name at Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine.
David has been called “well-known, highly respected and one of Maine’s most collectible artists,” by Maine Home + Design magazine. He and his second wife, Karen, enjoy their home and studio overlooking Belfast Harbor.