Witbeck is an artist with a special talent, a unique eye and an unconditional love for coastal life. His canvases are full of characters from working fishing villages and harbor towns. He captures the fabulous personality of the lobsterman and the sarcastic sass of the seagull.
As everyone in Maine begins to celebrate the coming of spring, here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, we are already looking toward the coming summer. Which means…The Summer Show Schedule! We have planned four single artist shows and one group show. All will contain new and unique pieces from many of our amazing artists.
“As a kid, I thought I wanted to be an artist… or maybe a musician,” says David Witbeck. “As a high school senior my choices were music school in Potsdam, NY (the boonies, -40 in the winter), or Art School in the Big Apple. What would you choose?”
David thought it would be fun to somehow use the photo in his art and started a painting. “It became too much of a copy of the photograph, so I abandoned it. It still sits unfinished, face against my studio wall.” Luckily for us the photograph continued to poke at his imagination. “I kept looking at the photo. I knew there was something that eventually would come from it.” One morning, months later, he walked into his studio, picked up a piece of charcoal and in an hour or so had a drawing that resulted in one of his most recent woodblock prints, “Fishwife”.
The gull perched on the bollard in David Witbeck’s Harbor Gulls is watching you. They are fight- ing over chum in Free Lunch. And one is calling out to the sunrise in Morning Gulls. When they are not the subject, Witbeck uses birds in his paintings as a call to action, a source of drama, and sometimes a point of humor.
David’s work is very unique and easy to distinguish. The charm and love of the coast comes through. For those us born and raised New England coast, we have known Ducan, the lobsterman, our whole life.
Today’s calendar of events is just as crazy and just as wonderful as yesterdays. And, of course, Maine Art Painting and Sculpture will be celebrating the best of it.