David Estey is an artist and a new author, but he is no stranger to writing. As a public-affairs manager for Internal Revenue Service for 26 years, he wrote thousands of communications plans and policies, news releases, newsletters, PSAs, and TV scripts, including the first nationwide television tax program on PBS. He earned an MSA in public administration from George Washington University.
Estey's first book, "Whoop And Drive 'er!": Growing Up in Aroostook County, Maine, is an illustrated, humorous, and loving memoir of family, friends, and small-town characters from his childhood in the 1940s and 1950s in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast, Maine. It also includes his college years at Rhode Island School of Design, studying art for a year in Italy, illustrating for the army during the Vietnam War, defending high-profile tax cases at IRS, dealing with the news media, living in the south, and retiring to Maine as an artist.
Carl Little, poet and author of several books on Maine paintings, writes, “In [Estey’s] entertaining and often moving memoir…vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two.” Kathryn Olmstead, author, Bangor Daily News columnist, and editor of Echoes magazine, writes, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.”
Estey is better known as an award-winning abstract painter in Belfast, Maine. He has lived, taught, exhibited, and sold his art in Baltimore; Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Charlotte, and midcoast Maine. He has had twenty solo exhibits, been in over forty group and juried shows, earned thirteen first-place awards, and been the subject of ninety articles and interviews. His work is in corporate, institutional, and private collections in nineteen states and seven countries. He has been called one of Maine’s most collectible artists by Maine Home + Design magazine. He is represented by Carver Hill Gallery.
David lives with his wife, Karen, in their home/studio overlooking Belfast harbor.