Donald Demers was born in 1956, in the small rural community
of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting maritime
subjects began while spending his summers on the coast of Maine
near Boothbay Harbor. Crewing aboard schooners, square-riggers
and other traditional craft have provided both the foundation
for his technical expertise and the vision to transfer his first-hand
experience to the canvas. His love of sailing has not diminished
over the years.
Don acknowledges his high school art teacher as the most
formative influence in his early training. He continued his
education at the School of the Worcester (MA) Art Museum and
Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
His professional career began as an illustrator and soon
expanded into the field of marine painting. A move to Maine
in 1984 marked a shift in his career in which illustration
yielded to marine and landscape painting. Illustration serves
as a diversion from the demands of fine art and over the years,
Readers Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports
Afield, Yankee, Downeast and most recently, the prestigious
National Geographic magazines, in addition to several book
publishers, have called on Don to create visual illumination
for the written word.
Dons diversity has enabled him to offer his expertise
to clients ranging from American Airlines to the National
Park Service, with projects as varied as creating art for
national television advertisements and designing art glass
Demers body of work has expanded over the last several
years to include the study and creation of landscape paintings
based on 19th century methods and philosophies. Created in
consort with painters of similar inspiration, it has been
widely acclaimed and honored throughout the country.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists
and has won a record number (9) awards at the Mystic International
Marine Exhibition, Mystic, CT. His illustrations have been
recognized four times by the Museum of American Illustration
in their national competition as representing the finest examples
of work in the field. A master of communication about his
art form, Mr. Demers conducts workshops for artists and lectures
on his art and maritime experiences. His audiences include
museums, art clubs and associations, yacht clubs, historical
societies and educational institutions.