Don Demers

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, Reader's 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.

Don's 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 for Steuben.

Demers' body of work has expanded over the last several years to include the study and creation of both plein air and studio landscape paintings based on 19th century methods and philosophies. His landscape paintings have been widely acclaimed and honored throughout the country. 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,won a record number (11) awards at the Mystic International Marine Exhibition, Mystic, CT and at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Don has won two awards. 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, both here and abroad. Don has been featured in American Artist magazine, Artist magazine and Plein Air Magazine. His audiences include museums, art clubs and associations, yacht clubs, historical societies and educational institutions.

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Bay Light

The Greenwich Workshop’s newest Don Demers Fine Art Edition, "Bay Light," is a sailor’s delight: wind, water, blue skies, and the lovely afternoon sunlight pouring across the sails. No competition here, just a happy coincidence of two boats heading out for a perfect sail.

Don’s maritime experience came about as a crew member aboard many traditional sailing vessels including schooners and square-riggers. He continues to be an avid sailor. Demers is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, an elected member of the California Art Club, and a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America). He has won a record seventeen awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT.
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Between The Sun And The Moon

"I have always been fascinated by dusk," says artist Don Demers, "with the changing color of the light. While the sun performs its swan song with an elaborate display of reds, oranges and yellows, the night is beginning its serenade of blues and greens. It´s a quiet time of the day, but the peacefulness is often contrasted by a full spectrum of exciting colors. These conditions are often best observed along the coast, and a sailing vessel drifting homeward on the last breath of the day´s breeze can witness the sun´s final color as well as the rising moon." Between the Sun and the Moon is Demers´ third Greenwich Workshop release. As you´ll surely see in this and his previous releases, Nantucket Morning and By the Old Boat House, Demers is a modern master of his medium. "Like any skilled portrait artist, Demers is able to give life and personality to his subject," Yankee Magazine says. "His skies can look menacing or serene, fogbound or idyllic. He can create a spectrum of seas ... sparkly or frothy, wind-whipped or flat."
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By The Old Boat House

We are pleased to welcome maritime legend, Don Demers, to the Greenwich family of artists. A Massachusetts native, Don’s 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. The Old Boat House marks Don’s premiere release with Greenwich. This breathtaking vision captures the true spirit of the artist’s extraordinary talent. As the fresh breezes from a perfect day on the water fade away, these day sailors drift toward the protection and comfort of their secluded cove.
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End Of Day One - The Great Transatlantic Race, 1866

Trans-ocean racing is still a relatively new sport, but was simply unheard of in the 19th century. A lively dinner discussion at New York’s Union Club in October 1866 resulted in the first Trans-Atlantic challenge. The contenders: Pierre Lorillard’s Vesta, George and Franklin Osgood’s Fleetwing and New York Herald founder’s son, James Gordon Bennett Jr.’s Henrietta—all two-masted schooners. It was a winner-take-all —$30,000 plus bragging rights. On the morning of December 16, the starting gun was sounded and the vessels weighed anchor in the New York Narrows. Next stop—Cowes, England. Demers’ evocative painting depicts the end of the first day, the vessels having logged nearly 300 miles and still in sight of each other. By day two Fleetwing had a twenty-mile lead on Henrietta and a forty-mile lead on Vesta. The racing was serious. Remarkably, after 3,000 miles of intense sailing all three yachts finished within hours of each other. On December 26 at 3:46pm Henrietta was first, followed by Fleetwing at 1:00am and the ill fated Vesta, whose local English pilot had taken them in the wrong direction, allowing Fleetwing to pass her nearly in sight of the finish. Demers’ extraordinary painting transports us hundreds of miles to sea to experience the majesty of these three great vessels underway as if we were sailing alongside them.
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Evening Skate

As the sun set one afternoon the week before Christmas, Don Demers took his paintbox and went down to Boston Common. He “tried to capture the character of the scene,” says the artist, “the shifting colors as day turns to night. Painting Boston Common is always a challenge, because it’s been depicted so often, but it’s irresistible. It’s got such a classic aesthetic.”
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