Katahdin has been called Maine’s greatest treasure. In addition to the outdoor and sporting tradition that surrounds it, there is a distinct tradition of art. For more than a hundred years, some of the most prominent landscape painters—Marsden Hartley, Frederic Church, John Marin, and many others—have portrayed Katahdin. Art of Katahdin is the first book to catalog this tradition. Filled with hundreds of color artworks this books traces the artists who have worked at Katahdin, from the earliest renderings and maps of the area to contemporary views. The text follows some of the history of the region, as well as the artists’ ties to the mountain.
David Little, a resident of Portland, Maine, has been painting the Maine landscape since 1983, and has always been drawn to rugged Katahdin wilderness. He attended the Skowhegan School in 1981 and 1982, and was a recipient of the Carina House fellowship on Monhegan in 1998. Little is represented by Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth and by Thomas Moser Cabinetmakers in Freeport. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Blaine House, Bates College Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Museum. Little’s experience in the art world is broad—he spent ten years working at the Bayview Gallery in Portland, and he gives critiques, juries art shows, and curates. This is his first book.