'A Lift to Windward'
'America’s Cup, 1934'
'America’s Cup 1937'
'The Windward Turn'
'Watch Hill Surf'
'Light Beyond the Marsh'
'Moonlight on the Bluefish'
'Upon Sunlit Swells'
'Surf Off Jamestown'
'Ida Lewis Yacht Club'
'View of Harbour Court'
'Surf at Black Head'
'Return by Twilight'
'East River, c.1898'
'Sunrise At Sea'
Over the last 25 years, a whole new breed of marine artists has entered
the field with a roar. Energetic and incredibly talented, these artists
are dedicated to continuing and expanding the great traditions of this
time-honored art form. Among this group only a few rises up as leaders of
this new generation. Versatile artist Don Demers is by everyone’s measure
one of these.
Don was born in 1956 in Lunenberg, a small rural community in central
Massachusetts. His interests in painting maritime subjects began while
spending his summers on the coast, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Although predominantly a self-taught artist, Demers attended the School
of the Worcester Art Museum and the Massachusetts College of Arts.
His education continued at sea as a crewmember aboard many traditional
sailing vessels. These included the square rigger UNICORN, the
schooner FAIR SARAE, and the brigantine BLACK PEARL where he
experienced first hand the workings of traditional sailing ships and the
mysterious beauty of the open ocean. Aboard these, he cruised the waters
of the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Caribbean.
His professional career began as an illustrator, expanding into maritime
subjects as the years progressed. His illustrations can be found on many
book covers and in national publications such as Reader’s Digest, Sail
Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, and Yankee magazine.
The March 2002 issue of National Geographic magazine featured Don’s
painting of the wreck of a 5th century B.C. Greek galleon for an article
by well-known underwater archeologist George Bass, and the cover of
the paperback edition of Sea of Glory by award-winning author
Nathanial Philbrick also featured one of Don’s paintings. The
Museum of American Illustration has recognized his work four times in
their National competition representing the finest examples of work in the
field. Demers’ diversity has enabled him to apply his creative skills to
projects for American Airlines to the National Park Service.
One of his paintings of the FARADAY laying the first Transatlantic
cable appeared in one of the coveted Super Bowl half-time ads! Various
projects have included designing art glass for Steuben, and creating two
paintings for the United States Power Squadron to commemorate their
100th anniversary. A move to make his permanent home to Maine in 1984
marked a dramatic change in his career in which illustration yielded to
maritime and landscape painting.
Don is a “fellow” of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA),
a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, and has won a record 15
awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT
since 1982. His marine paintings have been featured in a number of
publications including American Artist, Yachting, Nautical Quarterly,
Nautical World, Offshore, Maine Boats, Marine Boats and Harbors, and
Fine Art Connoisseur. His work has been included and discussed in a
number of texts including Concordia Yawls, The First Fifty Years,
by Elizabeth Meyer, Marine Painting and Yachts on Canvas, by
James Taylor, Yacht Portraits published by Sheridan House,
A Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers and an instructional
textbook titled Marine Painting, Techniques of Modern Masters
published by Watson Guptill. His work is also included in Bound for
Blue Water, the definitive guide to contemporary marine art by J.
Russell Jinishian. In addition to creating original works of art,
selected paintings are available as limited edition prints through the
Greenwich Workshop, the nation’s premier publisher of fine art prints.
Recently, Demers’ body of work has expanded to the study and creation of
landscape paintings based on 19th century methods and philosophies. He
received the “Silver Medal” at the Laguna Beach, California Plein-Air
Painting International Exhibition in 2006. As his reputation as one of
America’s top realist painters, of any subject matter, has grown, he’s
also become one of the most sought after instructors by advanced students
around the country. His ability to articulate the complex issues of art
and to inspire aspiring artists has found him over the last two years,
leading sold out workshops in Scottsdale, Arizona; Maui, Hawaii;
Bordeaux, France; Dingle, Ireland; Chatham, Massachusetts; Easton,
Maryland; Old Lyme, Connecticut; Portland and Boothbay, Maine;
and Durango, Colorado -- and this summer, at the Farnsworth
Museum in Rockland, Maine. He’s filmed a series of instructional
videos entitled “The Outdoor Studio.” He also has been lecturing on
his maritime art experiences at a variety of museums, art clubs, yacht
clubs and historical societies.
Since his last one-man exhibition in 2006, Don’s paintings have also been
featured in a number of prominent museum exhibitions including the Joan
Irvine Museum in Laguna Beach, California; the Haggin Museum in
Stockton, California; the Thunderbird Foundation For the Arts
at the Maynard Dixon Home and Studio in Mt. Carmel, Utah; the new
Plein-Air Painting Museum on Catalina Island, California; the
Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland and the Cape Cod Museum of
Art in Dennis, Massachusetts. In 2007, Demers’ paintings traveled with
the National Exhibition entitled “From Sea to Shining Sea: A Reflection
of America”, which included stops at the George Bush Presidential
Library, College Station, TX; the Museum of the Southwest, Midland,
TX; Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL; City of Portsmouth
Courthouse Gallery, Portsmouth, VA; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum,
Wausau, WI and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Owensboro, KY.
In 2009, Demers’ paintings could be seen in the American Society of
Marine Artists’ 30th Anniversary National Exhibition which traveled to
the Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilimington, Delaware; the
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Oxford, Maryland; the Arnot Art
Museum, Elmira, New York and New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford,
Massachuetts. Future plans include a coffee-table book on the artist,
and a retrospective exhibition of his work at a major museum.
Wow! It’s no wonder Don is one of the most collected marine artists in
the country today.
'A Touch of Autumn'
'Island Light. Burnt Island'
'Dory On the Merrimac'
'Breaking On Harbor Beach'
'Wind Off the Bluff'
'Booth Bay Harbor, Maine'
'The Approaching Pilot'
'Fog Over Fulton Street'
'LIVONIA vs. COLUMBIA'
'Meeting the Pilot'
'Off Seguin Light'
'East River Traffic'